OPELIKA, Ala.- After three days of jury selection, 12 jurors and four alternates are in place for Alabama House Speaker, Mike Hubbard’s trial.
On Monday, there were almost 100 potential jurors, but that number shrunk as each day passed due to questioning from both legal teams and certain excuses from jurors.
Wednesday, both legal teams began striking jurors. Both the state and prosecution struck 18 jurors. That brought the total down from 52 to 16. From there, each side picked two alternates.
There are nine men and seven women a part of the jury. Of those 16, four are white men; five are black men; three are white women and four are black women.
Jurors will be sworn in on Tuesday when the trial begins. They are not allowed to talk about the case, even with other jurors. They are not allowed to post on social media about the case and are under other restrictions.
After the jury was selected, the defense said they intend to file a writ to an appeals court that challenges a pretrial decision in the case.
Speaker Hubbard faces 23 felony ethics charges. Each count he is found guilty of could mean up to 20 years in prison.