Former Alabama governor resumes trial testimony

Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard

OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) Former Alabama Gov. Bob Riley resumed his testimony Monday in the ethics trial of House Speaker Mike Hubbard.

Prosecutors began questioning Riley Friday about emails Hubbard sent to him. Hubbard wrote that he wanted to work for Riley's new lobbying firm.

Riley said Hubbard was sometimes serious and sometimes joking when he asked for a job.

Riley said Hubbard was seriously looking for a job after being laid off from his primary employer. However, Riley said Hubbard's email lamenting a new state ethics law he just passed was "obviously" a joke.

Hubbard faces 23 felony ethics charges accusing him of using his political positions to make money and seek financial favors, investments and employment from lobbyists and people with business before the Alabama Legislature.

Hubbard says he's innocent and the transactions were within the bounds of the ethics law and its exemptions for longstanding friendships and normal business dealings.