- Associated Press - Friday, September 11, 2015

MONTGOMERY, Ala (AP) - Prosecutors say indicted House Speaker Mike Hubbard’s defense lawyers are trying to distract the public from the ethics case against him by lobbing accusations at the prosecution.

In a court filing this week, prosecutors responded to a defense motion to dismiss the case on the grounds that that the state violated grand jury secrecy laws by naming grand jury witnesses in court filings.

Prosecutors said the names were previously disclosed in public court proceedings and many were listed in the indictment. They said the law did not prohibit the names being disclosed in that fashion.

Prosecutors called the motion “disingenuous and designed purely to distract attention away” from the charges against the speaker.

Hubbard faces 23 felony ethics charges accusing him of using his public office to benefit his businesses.

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