MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The prosecution sums up their stance on former House Speaker Mike Hubbard in this way, “This court should impose a strong sentence to punish Hubbard, deter other public officials from violating the ethics laws, and help restore the people`s confidence in their government.”
They recommend Hubbard be sentenced to 18 years with a split sentence, meaning he would spend five years in prison and another 13 years on probation.
They say Hubbard’s actions, which netted him 12 felony convictions, also netted him $1,125,000.
Their sentencing recommendation document goes on to highlight the substance of each conviction, with plenty of legal fireworks thrown in just in time for the 4th of July.
For example, they run through Hubbard taking a consulting contract with Alabama Pharmacy Cooperative Inc (APCI,) which gave him $5,000-a-month for the 11 months leading up to a budget vote.
That budget included giving APCI a monopoly as a pharmacy benefit manager for Medicaid in the state.
The prosecution’s document concludes on the matter, “Hubbard, who the evidence showed never passed up an opportunity to get paid, continued to accept $5,000 per month from APCI through December 2013, eight months following the budget vote.”
The document also sums up another consulting contract this way:
The jury also convicted Hubbard for using his office for personal gain by obtaining a consulting contract with Bobby Abrams/CV Holdings that paid him $10,000 per month from October 2012 to August 2014, for a total of $220,000. Hubbard’s consulting contract was ostensibly for the purpose of helping one of Abrams’s businesses, Capitol Cups, sell cups. But Tina Belfance, the general manager of Capitol Cups, testified that Hubbard never sold a cup or gave her a contact that led to a sale.
The document says Hubbard helped Abrams in other ways, including helping him rush a patent application.
It also lays out the other convictions, including a contracting gig with Edgenuity and an investment plan, complete with investors, in Hubbard’s printing business, Craftmaster Printers.
The prosecution also includes a chart of other high-profile public corruption cases, with Alabama highlights like Larry Langford (15 year sentence), Don Siegelman (six years, six months), and Terry Spicer (four years, nine months).
None of them have a sentence as long as the recommended 18-years for Hubbard.
Though these federal convictions aren’t split sentences like the one recommended for Hubbard, that would allow him to only spend five years in prison, the prosecution says, “The federal system works differently, but the following sentences in comparable public corruption cases show that the state`s recommended sentence is appropriate.”
Sentencing is currently set for July 8.
You can read the sentencing recommendation here.