Saturday, June 11, 2016

Alabama House Speaker Convicted Of Ethics Violations

Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard (R) has been convicted of 12 felony ethics violations, and acquitted of 11 other charges, in a trial that lasted 12 days.  His actions which led to the charges included using his office to solicit money or business, and voting on a bill which involved a conflict of interest.  Due to the convictions being felonies, he is automatically removed from office.  Sentencing is scheduled for July 8.

In an ironic twist (noted by several sources linked below), Hubbard had helped bring about the ethics reforms under which he was charged.  This should be a lesson to all elected legislators.  When making or changing laws, you should realize that you'll have to obey them.

Read more at CNN, AL(dot)com, the Montgomery Advertiser, ABC News and CBS News.

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