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.
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.