News Release ~ 07/01/1998

Hubbell Tax Case Dismissed

Statement of NACDL President Gerald B. Lefcourt

Washington, DC (July 1, 1998) -- U.S. District Judge James Robertson today dismissed the federal tax evasion case against former Associate Attorney General Webster Hubbell, ruling that Mr. Hubbell's Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination was violated by prosecutors from the Office of Independent Counsel.

Praising today's decision, NACDL President Gerald B. Lefcourt, New York City, released the following statement:

"Mr. Hubbell's tax indictment was clearly vindictive and in bad faith. Judge Robertson showed great courage, compassion and common sense in throwing out the case which, by the Independent Counsel's own admission, was built entirely on evidence extracted under a promise of immunity. A promise made is a debt unpaid, but a promise made by the Independent Counsel obviously isn't worth the paper it's written on until the court enforces the debt." 

[Click Here] for the text of the District Court's decision.

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