Former ethics commission director says he spoke with Hubbard ‘numerous times’ about ethics laws

Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard's ethics trial resumed Tuesday, featuring an expert witness in former ethics commissioner Jim Sumner taking the stand.
Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard's ethics trial resumed Tuesday, featuring an expert witness in former ethics commissioner Jim Sumner taking the stand.

LEE COUNTY, Ala. – Day five of Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard’s ethics trial saw an expert witness take the stand for the prosecution.

Former Alabama Ethics Commission Director Jim Sumner took the stand Tuesday, telling the court that ethics laws prevent public officials from using their position to benefit themselves, their families or any business they’re associated with.

Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard's ethics trial resumed Tuesday, featuring an expert witness in former ethics commissioner Jim Sumner taking the stand.
Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard’s ethics trial resumed Tuesday, featuring an expert witness in former ethics commission director Jim Sumner taking the stand.

He says he told the court that he and Hubbard spoke numerous times about this, and Hubbard understood the principle. The defense claims Hubbard’s actions were legal and that he consulted the ethics commission before going further.

As another witness, the president of an education curriculum company testified that he paid the Alabama House Speaker $7,500 per month to open doors with legislative leaders across the country — just not in Alabama.

 

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