BUSTED: Alabama’s Republican House Speaker convicted on corruption charges
Alabama state House Speaker Mike Hubbard (R) was convicted on Friday of 12 counts of public corruption, the Associated Press reported.
Prosecutors argued that Hubbard tried to obtain work and investments valued at around $2.3 million through political influence as both the state Republican Party’s former chair and as speaker.
AL.com reported that Hubbard was convicted of crimes including the lobbying of both the state commerce department and Gov. Robert Bentley’s (R) office on behalf of a consulting client, identified as Robert Abrams; as well as voting on a state measure that would have benefited another client, American Pharmacy Cooperative Inc., thus creating a conflict of interest.
Hubbard, who was indicted in October 2014, faces up to 20 years in prison for each count. He was first elected in 1998, and served as the state GOP chair between 2007 and 2011.