Webster Hubbell

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Webster Hubbell (1949 - ) was a Little Rock, Arkansas, mayor and city director. He rose to the position of chief justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court and Associate Attorney General of the U.S. Justice Department.

Hubbell served as mayor of the City of Little Rock from 1979 to 1981. In early 1983 Hubbell, then city director, began working with consultant Tom Hodges and others on a failed plan for a major sports arena in downtown Little Rock in an area bounded by Markham, Cumberland, Second, and Scott avenues. In 1983 then-governor Bill Clinton appointed him to the post of chief justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court. In 1993 Clinton nominated Hubbell for Associate Attorney General of the U.S. Department of Justice. He was criticized at this time for holding a membership in the whites-only Country Club of Little Rock.

Hubbell pled guilty to tax evasion and federal mail fraud in association with his legal billing at the Little Rock Rose Law Firm in December 1994. He also became embroiled in the Whitewater investigation of the Clintons. Hubbell eventually spent nineteen months in federal prison in Cumberland, Maryland. In United States v. Hubbell 530 U.S. 27 (2000) the U.S. Supreme Court threw out Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr's charge of ten counts of conspiracy, mail fraud, and tax evasion against Hubbell on an 8-1 vote. In 1998 he suffered a third indictment for lying to members of the House Banking Committee. He received one year of probation in the subsequent plea agreement.

Hubbell is married to Suzanna "Suzy" Hubbell.


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