- Associated Press - Monday, December 22, 2014

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Lawyers for House Speaker Mike Hubbard on Monday asked state prosecutors to provide more information about the ethics charges against the Republican.

Defense lawyers, in a motion filed in Lee County Circuit Court, said the indictment has only vague factual allegations and they asked prosecutors to give more details about how they believe Hubbard broke the state ethics law.

“While the indictment does use the language of the statute, after reading the indictment, Hubbard is left wondering exactly what criminal act or acts he allegedly committed,” defense lawyers wrote.

A grand jury indicted Hubbard last month on 23 felony ethics counts, accusing Hubbard of using his public offices to steer business to his companies and to solicit investments and clients from lobbyists. Hubbard has maintained his innocence and pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Defense lawyers said Hubbard can’t prepare for trial unless he has more information about the accusations against him. They asked prosecutors to name what “personal gain” they believed Hubbard received and when it was received.

In a separate filing, defense lawyers asked to know about any other accusations that prosecutors might try to raise at trial. Hubbard’s trial is currently scheduled to begin in March, although it is expected to get postponed.

His defense team on Friday filed three motions to dismiss the indictment, claiming prosecutors and the grand jury had exceeded their authority.

Hubbard’s lawyers also said publicity about the investigation has threatened Hubbard’s right to a fair trial. They asked a judge to hold a hearing on if grand jury secrecy laws were broken by prosecutors or witnesses.

“Either the acting attorney general has lost all control of the special grand jury and the witnesses who appear before it or there is a concerted effort to leak confidential information to the media in an effort to either taint the grand jury process or destroy Hubbard through a campaign of slander gossip and innuendo,” defense lawyers wrote.

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