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Jury Convicts Alabama House Speaker Hubbard on 12 Charges

by The Associated Press /  / Updated 
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Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard answers questions from Deputy Attorney General Matt Hart during his trial, Thursday, June 9, 2016, in Opelika, Ala. Hubbard faces 23 felony ethics charges accusing him of using his political positions to make money and seek financial favors, investments and employment from lobbyists and people with business before the Alabama Legislature.Todd J. Van Emst / Opelika-Auburn News via AP

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A jury has convicted Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard on 12 charges of violating the state ethics law.

The jury returned the verdict Friday night after deliberating for seven hours. Sentencing is set for July 28.

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Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard enters the courtroom for the last day of closing arguments in his trial on Friday, June 10, 2016 in Opelika, Ala.Todd J. Van Emst / Opelika-Auburn News via AP

Hubbard faced 23 felony ethics charges accusing him of using political positions as House speaker and chairman of the Alabama Republican Party to make money and solicit financial favors from lobbyists and company owners.

Prosecutors said Hubbard used the power of his office to improperly benefit his companies and clients and to try to obtain $2.3 million worth of work, investments and financial favors.

Hubbard's defense argued that the transactions were legal and within the bounds of the ethics law and exemptions for normal business dealings and longstanding friendships.

Hubbard testified in his own defense. The state's current and former governors testified during the trial.

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