OPELIKA, AL (WTVM) - Alabama Speaker Mike Hubbard was inside a Lee County Courtroom this Friday afternoon.
Hubbard could face jail time if convicted of 23 felony ethics charges.
His defense attorneys and prosecutors with the Attorney General's office discussed pending motions set to be heard by the judge in an upcoming Evidentiary Hearing.
Judge Jacob Walker said after Speaker Hubbard's defense filed a 123 page motion to dismiss the indictment based on prosecutorial misconduct, he felt Friday's hearing was needed to discuss how to efficiently hear the several motions before him.
The motion filed by the defense to dismiss is a copy of a letter written by former Deputy AG Sonny Reagan. The letter included details of conversations he said he had with Matt Hart, who was the prosecutor in the Hubbard case.
"Having to sit down and go through what you enumerated with anybody's family is frightening, but they are not frightened people they are comfortable and they are confident," Mark White said.
Regan says Hart told him the only way to handle Hubbard was to quote, "Bring him in, show him the indictment and tie a nose (sic) around his neck until he is grasping for air, then give him an option to plead guilty and resign."
Mark White discussed Speaker Hubbard's reaction to hearing this allegation saying, "Having to sit down and go through what you enumerated with anybody's family is frightening, but they are not frightened people they are comfortable and they are confident."
Meanwhile, the April 15th evidentiary hearing will focus on several other motions, including production of exculpatory evidence, motions to squash subpoenas and a motion to determine if the special AG appointed to this case was legal.
The Attorney General's office did not make a statement to the media after Friday's hearing.