Steve Flowers Weighs in on Hubbard Sentencing

Mike Hubbard takes the stand Alabama Speaker Mike Hubbard Trial on Tuesday, June 7, 2016  in Opelika, Ala. Todd J. Van Emst/Opelika-Auburn News/PoolMost of the day consisted of character witnesses on behalf of Hubbard.
In addition to Hubbard’s pastor and some close friends, U.S. Representative Mike Rogers also took up for the former speaker.

However, in the end, the judge sentenced Hubbard to 4 years in prison and 8 years on probation.
Political analyst Steve Flowers says he expected it.

“I wasn’t surprised by the verdict 3 weeks ago, nor was I surprised by the sentencing. To have that many violations, that is quite a few,” said Flowers.

But Hubbard’s attorney Bill Baxley says they do plan to appeal.

“He is one of the very few people that I have ever known of who a jury is convicted that I believe with all my heart is innocent. We will appeal this case all the way. I believe with every fiber of my being that at the end of all this he will be totally vindicated, he will be exonerated,” said Baxley.

Flowers says he doesn’t think Hubbard has a very good chance.

“The defense team led by Bill Baxley indicated that they knew Judge Walker did not make any flaws and they are trying to come up with some convoluted excuse for the appeal. But I think the chances of him getting exonerated is very small, very slim,” said Flowers.

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