- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 13, 2016

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The state is asking a judge to prohibit House Speaker Mike Hubbard’s defense from raising prosecutorial misconduct claims and other issues at his upcoming ethics trial.

The attorney general’s office on Wednesday filed a series of motions seeking to limit arguments and testimony during the trial scheduled for May.

Prosecutors asked a judge to prohibit Hubbard from trying to put a prosecutor on the witness stand to try to reopen a prosecutorial misconduct claim.

State lawyers also sought to limit discussions of Hubbard’s lopsided 2014 re-election win, how much jail time Hubbard could face and other issues.

Prosecutors said that testimony would distract jurors. They argue that jurors should focus on whether Hubbard used his public offices for personal financial gain.

The Republican speaker faces 23 felony ethics charges.

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