OPELIKA, Ala.- Week two of the Mike Hubbard trial is in the books, and week two ended on a different note than last week.
The day only saw three witnesses take the stand, but those three days took up the entire day.
The first witness was President of the Business Council of Alabama, Billy Canary. Canary is also a registered lobbyist.
Canary told the court he first met Hubbard in 1998 when Hubbard was first running for the legislature. Canary says he considers Hubbard a friend. He added that him and Hubbard would talk about various things; helping find Hubbard work after he learned he was being let go by Auburn IMG Network. Canary testified that he helped arrange meetings with companies out of state to try and get Hubbard work. Canary said the opportunities would be fine with the ethics commission because the work was out of state. Canary told the court he loved Hubbard like a brother, and he would help him even if he was not Alabama Speaker of the House.
The next witness was Minda Riley-Campbell, the daughter of former Alabama Governor Bob Riley. She also talked about Hubbard asking for possible work. Riley-Campbell is also a registered lobbyist. Riley-Campbell said she’s known Hubbard for 20 years and that she loves him like a brother. She said if Hubbard asked her to do anything, she would help. Prosecution brought up emails where Hubbard mentioned possibly working for Bob Riley and Associates [Riley’s lobbying firm].
Before she left the stand, she gave the court a form of a monologue, where she told the court she does not think that Hubbard would knowingly do anything unethical.
Her father, Bob Riley took the stand before the day came to a close. Governor Riley was also asked about the emails of Hubbard wanting to work for Bob Riley and Associates. Governor Riley told the court that the emails were more like banter. Riley will take the stand again on Monday.