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House Speaker Mike Hubbard says Alabama ethics law unconstitutional, vague

Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard. (abc3340.com)

MONTGOMERY, Ala (AP) - Indicted House Speaker Mike Hubbard said Alabama ethics law is unconstitutionally vague, did not apply to him as Republican party chairman and that he had a free speech right to lobby for his clients.

A judge on Friday unsealed Hubbard's motion to dismiss the ethics case on the grounds that the ethics law is unconstitutional.

Hubbard faces 23 ethics charges accusing him of using his offices as speaker and former position as Alabama Republican Party chairman to benefit his businesses.

Prosecutors have also accused Hubbard of lobbying Gov. Robert Bentley's administration to benefit for his clients. Defense lawyers wrote that Hubbard has a free speech right to lobby.

Hubbard voted for the ethics law revamp in 2010. Defense lawyer Mark White says prosecutors are stretching the bounds of the law.

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