HEARING SET IN HUBBARD’S CLAIMS

OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) – A judge will hold a pretrial hearing on indicated house speaker Mike Hubbard’s claim of prosecutorial misconduct.

The hearing Tuesday will focus on claims from Hubbard’s lawyers that prosecutors broke legal and ethical bounds in communicating with a political consultant who was often at odds with Hubbard.

Defense lawyers have subpoenaed campaign consultant Baron Coleman and lead prosecutor Matt Hart seeking any records of conversations they had about the case.

Coleman in an affidavit said he had dozens of conversations with Hart about the case and used the information to start a “whisper campaign” during the election.

Prosecutors say Coleman was a “confidential informant” during the investigation. They have moved to block the subpoena and keep any information from Coleman out of public view.

The hearing starts at 10 a.m.

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