Alabama’s Republican state house speaker was indicted on 23 criminal counts of corruption by a grand jury, court records released on Monday show.
Mike Hubbard, who led a Republican takeover of the state legislature in 2010, was indicted on Friday on charges that include using his office for personal gain and legislating with a conflict of interest.
According to the indictment, handed down by a grand jury in Lee County, Hubbard solicited favors from a range of powerful Alabamans, including former Governor Bob Riley, a fellow Republican, along with several business leaders.
Republicans took majorities in both houses of the Alabama legislature in 2010 for the first time in 136 years.
(Reporting by Jonathan Kaminsky in New Orleans; Editing by Mohammad Zargham and Sandra Maler)