- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 20, 2016

OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) - Lawyers for Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard on Wednesday asked a judge to delay Hubbard’s ethics trial from May until August.

The Opelika-Auburn News (https://bit.ly/1rlw047 ) reports that defense lawyer Bill Baxley and Lance Bell told a judge Wednesday that they needed more time to go through discovery.

“There’s no way if it goes to trial in May that we can effectively represent Speaker Hubbard,” Bell said.

Lee County Circuit Judge Jacob Walker did not rule on the request, but gave the defense until Friday to file a written motion to delay the trial. Prosecutors opposed any additional postponement of the trial that has already been delayed twice. Hubbard was indicted in the fall of 2014.

Walker held a pretrial conference Wednesday to discuss a number of lingering issues and motions before a jury is seated in the high-profile case. Walker scheduled another pretrial conference for April 19.

Hubbard faces felony ethics charges of using his political offices to benefit his businesses through legislative action, lobbying the governor’s office or soliciting new clients and investments. He has maintained his innocence and says the transactions were proper.

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