Prosecutors oppose Hubbard’s request to delay trial

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Rep. Mike Hubbard (R-Alabama)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Prosecutors are lashing out at House Speaker Mike Hubbard’s request to delay his ethics trial until the fall.

In a Wednesday court filing, prosecutor Matt Hart wrote that there was no legitimate reason to postpone the trial now scheduled for March 28.  Hart said the people of Alabama deserve a timely resolution to whether the speaker violated the Alabama Ethics Act.  Hart said the trial has already been postponed twice.

Hubbard asked for a postponement after his lead attorney abruptly left the case this month.

Hart argued the change did not require a continuance since Hubbard’s new lead lawyer had represented him since 2013.

The March 28 trial date will fall in the middle of the upcoming legislative session.  The Alabama GOP has asked Hubbard to suspend his leadership role.

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