OPELIKA, Ala. — A judge is refusing a request by former Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard to have a sheriff investigate whether there was juror misconduct at his ethics trial.

But Judge Jacob Walker said Friday he is open to taking testimony from a juror who says another juror made biased remarks.

Hubbard is seeking a new trial after being convicted on 12 felony ethics charges and removed from office. His lawyers submitted an affidavit from a juror who says another made biased remarks.

During a hearing, the court administrator testified that one juror complained early in the trial that another was saying things like “now the truth is coming out.” She says the juror was asked to be quiet.

Prosecutors say there was no evidence of misconduct or an unfair trial.