Hubbard loses bid for new trial

Mike Hubbard, former Alabama Speaker of the House, waives before a post trial hearing at the Lee County Justice Center in Opelika, Ala., on Friday, Sept. 2, 2016. Hubbard was found guilty 12 counts of felony ethics charges on June 10, 2016. Albert Cesare/Montgomery Advertiser/Pool
Mike Hubbard, former Alabama Speaker of the House, waives before a post trial hearing at the Lee County Justice Center in Opelika, Ala., on Friday, Sept. 2, 2016. Hubbard was found guilty 12 counts of felony ethics charges on June 10, 2016. Albert Cesare/Montgomery Advertiser/Pool

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Former Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard has lost his bid for a new trial on ethics charges.

Defense lawyer Bill Baxley said Thursday that he is now focused on preparing Hubbard’s appeal.

Hubbard had requested a new trial arguing that prosecutors stretched the intent of the state ethics law, allowed improper expert witness testimony and there was evidence of juror bias in the case. Baxley says the new trial request is denied automatically if not ruled upon within 60 days.

Baxley says his understanding is that the 60-day window expired last week.

A jury in June convicted Hubbard of using his public office to obtain work and investments in his companies. A judge sentenced Hubbard to four years in prison. He is free on bond while he appeals his conviction.

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