- Associated Press - Monday, February 8, 2016

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A judge has rescheduled a hearing on indicted House Speaker Mike Hubbard’s request to dismiss ethics charges against him.

Circuit Judge Jacob Walker delayed the hearing until Feb. 16 because of a scheduling conflict.

Hubbard is alleging prosecutorial misconduct after a political consultant said he communicated often with the lead prosecutor and used the information to try to damage Hubbard politically.

Political consultant Baron Coleman wrote in an affidavit that began a “whisper campaign” during the primary election.

Coleman, in a statement, said he drew no conclusions on whether anything that transpired was illegal or unethical.

Walker gave prosecutors until Feb. 11 to file a response.

Hubbard is scheduled to go to trial in March 28 on ethics charges accusing him of using his public positions to benefit his companies.

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