The Latest: Jury selection begins for Alabama House speaker

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Posted: May 16, 2016 12:38 PM

OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on the ethics trial of Alabama House speaker(all times local):

10:30 a.m.

Jury selection is beginning in the ethics trial of the Alabama House speaker.

Republican Speaker Mike Hubbard faces removal from office if convicted of felony charges that he used his current office and his past position as chairman of the Alabama Republican Party to benefit his printing and consulting companies.

Hubbard says his lobbying and other transactions were both proper and legal.

A judge began questioning about 100 prospective jurors on Monday for the public corruption trial.

Two other top Alabama officials also face trouble. Gov. Robert Bentley faces an impeachment push amid a sex-tinged scandal. Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore is suspended after being accused of violating judicial ethics.

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3:11 am

The speaker of the Alabama House is going on trial on felony ethics charges that could result in his removal from office.

Jury selection is set to begin Monday for state Rep. Mike Hubbard of Auburn. He's facing 23 counts of using his office and past position as chairman of the Alabama GOP for personal gain.

Hubbard says he didn't do anything illegal. A jury pulled from as many as 140 prospective jurors will decide his fate in a trial that officials say could last three weeks.

Hubbard's trial comes as two other top Alabama officials are also at risk of losing their jobs.

Gov. Robert Bentley faces an impeachment move amid a sex-tinged scandal. Chief Justice Roy Moore is suspended after being accused of violating judicial ethics.