Ethics

District Attorney Pleads Guilty to Perjury, Ethics Charge

OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) – An Alabama district attorney on Thursday pleaded guilty to perjury and an ethics charge following trial testimony in which a witness likened his office to a fraternity house. Former Lee County District Attorney Brandon Hughes pleaded guilty to perjury in the first-degree and the use of his public office for personal gain. Hughes will be sentenced…

Saulsberry Exonerated on Theft and Ethics Charges

From the West Alabama Newsroom– A former Wilcox County commission chairman is speaking out after being acquitted of theft and ethics charges. Former commissioner Michael Saulsberry says he’s now looking forward to moving on with his life. “When you go across the news and you get stiff charges on you people always look at you as, as you a criminal,”…

Rebekah Mason Cleared by Alabama Ethics Commission

The Alabama Ethics Commission has cleared former Governor Robert Bentley’s political adviser, Rebekah Mason, of any wrong doing. Bentley and Mason are accused of having an affair. State Auditor Jim Zeigler filed a complaint against Mason in March of 2016. In that complaint, Zeigler accused Mason and then-governor Bentley of setting up the Alabama Council for Excellent Government. He said…

Jury Selected for House Speaker Mike Hubbard’s Ethics Trial

A jury has been picked for House Speaker Mike Hubbard’s ethics trial scheduled to start next week. The panel of 12 jurors and four alternates is made up of five black men, four white men, four black women and three white women. Lee County Judge Jacob Walker on Wednesday instructed the panel not to discuss the high-profile case. Hubbard faces…

Indicted House Speaker Mike Hubbard asks for Dismissal of Ethics Charges

Indicted House Speaker Mike Hubbard is asking a judge to dismiss ethics charges against him after a political consultant said he discussed the grand jury with a state prosecutor. Hubbard’s defense filed the accusation in a motion Tuesday. Political consultant Baron Coleman said in an affidavit that he had between 50 and 100 conversations with prosecutor Matt Hart about the…