Following The Money At The Hubbard Trial

At the trial of House speaker Mike Hubbard — prosecutors still trying to prove that Hubbard took money in violation of state ethics laws. On the stand yesterday, Will Brooke. He testified that he gave Hubbard $150,000 for stock in Hubbard’s business. Hubbard needed the money to pay his printing company’s debts. But the prosecutor says the deal was illegal because Brook is with a group that lobbies state lawmakers trying to get them to pass laws favorable to businesses. Govenor Bentley also testified briefly. The governor said that he thought Hubbard was acting as house speaker when they met to discuss various economic projects. Hubbard, however, was working as a consultant for one group — that he talked with the governor about — to the tune of about $12,000 a month.