Hubbard Lawyer Calls Proposed Sentence ‘Absurd’

Mike Hubbard and wife Susan Hubbard walk to the Lee County Justice Center for day three of trial on Thursday, May 26, 2016  in Opelika, Ala. Todd J. Van Emst/Opelika-Auburn News/Pool Photo

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.

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