Hubbard testifies for second day

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Mike Hubbard answers questions from Deputy Attorney General Matt Hart on Wednesday, June 8, 2016 in Opelika, Ala. Todd J. Van Emst/Opelika-Auburn News/Pool

OPELIKA, Ala. – In the second time in as many days, indicted Alabama House Speaker, Mike Hubbard was on the stand in his own case.

During defense questioning, defense attorney David McKnight questioned Hubbard about his relationship with some of the individuals who have been previously mentioned in the trial.

The defense asked about former Alabama Governor, Bob Riley. Hubbard told McKnight that he considers Riley a father figure, and he confides some of his most personal information with the former governor. Some of that information related to Hubbard learning his IMG job was coming to an end. Hubbard said he talked to Riley about future advice. Hubbard says he asked him that as a friend. Prosecutor, Matt Hart asked Hubbard about the interactions between Hubbard and Riley calling Riley “your friend the lobbyist.”

Mike Hubbard answers questions from Deputy Attorney General Matt Hart on Wednesday, June 8, 2016 in Opelika, Ala. (Todd J. Van Emst/Opelika-Auburn News/Pool)

McKnight also asked Hubbard about his relationship with Riley’s daughter, Minda Riley-Campbell. Hubbard called Riley-Campbell the little sister he never had. He said he sought her advice as a friend. McKnight also asked about Hubbard’s relationship with Rob Burton and Jimmy Rane. Burton and Rane invested in Hubbard’s Craftmaster Printing Business. Hubbard told the court that he has known Burton for 15 years and has known Rane since 1984. He adds that the two are great friends. Prosecutors say their investments were illegal because the companies they own hire lobbyists; thus making them principals.

Also in testimony, Hubbard offered the opposite testimony of an earlier witness. Lobbyist Dax Swatek told the court Hubbard approached him about investing in Craftmaster. Swatek said he told Hubbard no. Hubbard told the court he never asked Swatek to invest.

Cross-examination will continue on Thursday.

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