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Political consultant testifies in latest Hubbard pretrial hearing

(Source: WTVM File Video) (Source: WTVM File Video)

AUBURN, AL (WTVM) - As Alabama Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard remains in Montgomery for the current legislative session, his attorneys are attempting to get the 23 felony ethics charges against him dismissed based on prosecutorial misconduct within the attorney general's office. 

The proceedings inside the Lee County courtroom for the pretrial hearing that lasted most of the day on Thursday. During the hearing, a political enemy of Hubbard's appeared to be his best chance of getting the case tossed out of court.

Hubbard's claim of misconduct was bolstered from Baron Coleman's testimony. Coleman is a radio personality, attorney and political consultant who's worked with opponents of Speaker Hubbard. 

Coleman said he had between 50 and 100 phone calls, some he taped with attorney general prosecutor Matt Hart.

He testified that he believed Hart violated grand jury secrecy laws by providing Coleman with information from the grand jury while it was ongoing; in doing so, Coleman could use that information against Hubbard in an effort to keep him from being re-elected. 

The AG's office claims the secrecy law does not apply to prosecutors, a statement Hubbard's defense team calls ludicrous.

Prosecutors called three witnesses who testified Coleman told them he was a confidential informant and Hart did not release information.

Judge Jacob Walker will rule on the motion later. Also in court, Judge Walker indicated on Thursday that he would probably push the trial date back due to some appeals the defense has filed.

The case will not go before a jury later this month in March 28.

Check back for more updates.

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