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Former Alabama speaker asks court to overturn conviction

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) An attorney for former House Speaker Mike Hubbard is asking the Alabama Supreme Court to overturn his 2016 conviction on ethics charges.

Justices on Tuesday head oral arguments in Hubbard's appeal.

Hubbard was convicted of improperly taking consulting contracts and business investments during his time as speaker.

Defense attorney Sam Heldman told justices that Hubbard didn't break the law, and prosecutors are trying to stretch the intent of the ethics statute. Heldman argued the transactions were aboveboard business dealings.

Alabama Solicitor General Edmund LaCour told justices that Hubbard was given the jobs and investments because of his position as speaker.

Hubbard was automatically removed with the felony conviction and is free on bond. He attended court with his wife Susan.

Hubbard is a Republican, as is the entire Supreme Court.

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