Prosecutors oppose delay in Hubbard ethics trial

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Rep. Mike Hubbard (Photo Courtesy: Glenn Baeske/The Huntsville Times 2011)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Prosecutors are opposing indicted House Speaker Mike Hubbard’s request to delay his October trial on ethics charges.

The attorney general’s office on Monday told a judge that there’s no legitimate reason to push back the trial scheduled for Oct 19. In a court filing, prosecutors said that the public deserved a resolution in the case.

Hubbard’s lawyers asked for a delay, saying there were unresolved legal issues in the case and problems with discovery.

Hubbard was indicted last year on 23 felony ethics charges for personal gain. He has maintained his innocence.

The House speaker also said he might challenge the constitutionality of the state ethics law. Prosecutors say Hubbard has had plenty of time to file such a challenge and they accused his defense of stalling.