Judge to discuss request to delay Hubbard trial

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Rep. Mike Hubbard (R-Alabama)

OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) – A judge could decide if House Speaker Mike Hubbard will go to trial later this month on ethics charges or if his trial will be postponed.

Lee County Circuit Judge Jacob Walker has scheduled a Thursday afternoon status conference in the case. Walker said one of the issues he wanted to discuss is whether lawyers will be ready by the March 28 trial date.

Hubbard faces ethics charges accusing him of using his public positions to benefit his businesses. He has maintained his innocence.

The Republican speaker has asked for a trial continuance because of a change in his legal team. Defense lawyers have also accused a prosecutor of misconduct because of conversations with a political consultant.

The March 28 trial date would overlap with the ongoing legislative session.

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