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    Alabama House Speaker Arrested on 23 Felony Charges

    Alabama House Speaker Arrested on 23 Felony Charges

    OPELIKA, Ala. Powerful Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard has been arrested on felony ethics charges, accused of using public office for personal gain. Hubbard was indicted by a grand jury on 23 charges accusing him of misusing his office as speaker and his previous post as chairman of the Alabama Republican Party.

    Acting Attorney General Van Davis announced the indictment Monday.

    Hubbard says the charges, weeks before the November vote in which he's favored for re-election, constitute "a political witch hunt."

    If convicted, Hubbard faces from two to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $300,000 on each count. The charges are latest corruption allegations against Alabama politicians to make headlines. The 52-year-old Republican led the GOP's takeover of the Legislature in 2010, ending 136 years of Democratic control.

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    Another one bites the dust perhaps him and Rick Perry can be jailhouse buddies?
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    Grand juries have a left wing bias.
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    for a repub 23 counts is light weight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by boontito View Post
    Grand juries have a left wing bias.
    The Law?

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    Let's see how this plays out.
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    Putting party affiliation aside, it seems to me that the percentage of elected public servants who are convicted of crimes is far greater than the % of people in the general population that are convicted of crimes. Sorry, I didn't spend time to research, but I'm pretty sure my impression is correct. What is it about holding elected office that makes people prone to crossing the line into criminal activity?
    Does politics attract people with low moral and ethical standards?
    Does power really corrupt good people?
    Do the elected positions present overwhelming temptations that the rest of us are not subject to?
    Arrogance and a feeling of being above the law?

    What is it?

    I fear that with every indictment of a public official, the cynicism of our young people grows and another potentially great future leader decides to avoid public service.

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    Let's see how this plays out.
    Well @Jets, Ordinarily I'd say "It's Alabama - we know how it's going to go".

    On the other hand, it looks like they are finally cracking down. Since the beginning of the year, Grand Juries have indicted two other state representatives as well. Rep. Greg Wren, who pled guilty of a misdemeanor charge of using his office for personal gain, resigned his house seat and paid nearly $25,000 in restitution, in return for his testimony. And Rep. Barry Moore, charged with perjury and giving false statements to the grand jury back in January. His trial is due to start at the end of the month.

    Hubbard's charges include: Four counts of using of his office as Chairman of the Alabama Republican Party for personal gain; One count of voting for legislation with a conflict of interest; Eleven counts of soliciting or receiving a thing of value from a lobbyist or principal; Two counts of using his office as a member of the Alabama House of Representatives for personal gain; Four Counts of lobbying an executive department or agency for a fee; One count of using state equipment, materials, etc. for private gain.

    Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard indicted on 23 felony corruption charges by Lee County Grand Jury | AL.com

    Note that second to last charge? Hubbard wasn't just soliciting bribes from lobbyists or business folks, he was shaking down state government agencies, and up until now, getting away with it.

    The question is, all of those businessmen and politicians that Hubbard solicited for bribes or other favors - will they be indicted as well, now that we know who they are, or will they all get off in exchange for testimony or other considerations?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Railunder View Post
    Do the elected positions present overwhelming temptations that the rest of us are not subject to?
    Arrogance and a feeling of being above the law?
    I think it's a combination of temptation and opportunity, with a dash of arrogance added in.

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    Alabama House Speaker Arrested on 23 Felony Charges

    mods could you please merge this thread with the other one I'm not sure how two of them got posted.
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