- Associated Press - Saturday, March 26, 2016

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The attorney general’s office has asked to delay House Speaker Mike Hubbard’s upcoming ethics trial because of a prosecutor’s knee surgery.

Prosecutors on Friday asked for a short postponement of the March 29 pretrial conference and the April 11 trial. Prosecutor Matt Hart wrote that he is scheduled for knee surgery the week of March 28 and is expected to have limited mobility for up to two weeks.

The state asked Lee County Circuit Judge Jacob Walker to delay the pretrial conference until later in the week of April 11. They asked the judge to start the trial as soon as possible.

Prosecutors said defense lawyers did not oppose the request.

Hubbard faces felony ethics charges accusing him of using his public offices to benefit his businesses.

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