HUBBARD LAWYER CALLS PROPOSED SENTENCE ‘ABSURD’
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – A lawyer for former House Speaker Mike Hubbard says prosecutors are seeking a “ridiculously extreme” prison sentence after Hubbard’s conviction on ethics charges.
Defense lawyer Bill Baxley said Friday that the 18-year sentence prosecutors want is absurd. The attorney general’s office, in a court filing this week, said that want Hubbard to spend five years in prison and another 13 on supervised probation.
Prosecutors are also asking for Hubbard to pay $1.6 million in fines and restitution.
A judge will hold a sentence hearing for Hubbard on July. 8. A jury on June 10 convicted Hubbard of 12 felony ethics counts. Prosecutors said Hubbard used the power of his political office to benefit his businesses.