Attorney General’s Office says Mike Hubbard must report to jail within 15 days

Attorney General’s Office says Mike Hubbard must report to jail within 15 days
Mike Hubbard is sworn in during Hubbard's ethics trial on Tuesday, June 7, 2016 in Opelika, Ala.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall says former House Speaker Mike Hubbard’s appeals have been exhausted, and it is time for him to report to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office to be processed and turned over to the Alabama Department of Corrections.

“Mr. Hubbard can no longer avoid being held accountable for his flagrant violations of Alabama’s ethics law,” Marshall said in a statement.

The law indicates Hubbard has 15 days to turn himself in.

On Friday, the Alabama Supreme Court issued a certificate of judgment in Hubbard’s ethics case, denying his petition for a rehearing. In April, the court upheld six convictions against Hubbard and reversed five others.

A Lee County circuit judge sentenced Hubbard to four years in prison following his conviction on 12 felony counts in 2016, which brought an automatic removal from office.

The jury found Hubbard used his position of power to solicit investments for his personal business and consulting work from company executives and lobbyists. He’s been out on appeal bond for four years.

Generally, when the circuit judge receives a certificate of judgment from the Alabama Supreme Court, a defendant’s appeal bond is revoked.

This action by the Supreme Court remands the case back to the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals for further proceedings. The timeline for the appellate court’s review is unclear. In 2018, the Court of Criminal Appeals upheld eleven of the 12 counts against Hubbard.

That decision was appealed up to the Alabama Supreme Court, which granted a rare hearing for Hubbard’s legal team to argue their case.

We have reached out to Hubbard’s legal team but haven’t received a response.

It’s unclear if he plans to explore other avenues of appeal or how much longer this case could be litigated. Friday’s certificate of judgment comes six years after Hubbard was indicted in October 2014.

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