U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Jim Guy Tucker's Final Whitewater Appeal

MARCH 20, 2006 - Posted at 4:06 p.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - The U.S. Supreme Court, in the last remaining appeal from the long-running Whitewater investigation, today rejected former Arkansas governor Jim Guy Tucker's attempt to withdraw his guilty plea in a tax conspiracy case.

Tucker, who resigned as governor in 1996 after a conviction in a separate case brought by Whitewater prosecutor Kenneth Star, had argued the government used the wrong section of the law when it pursued him over a profit he made in the sale of a cable television franchise.

Tucker's appeals had previously led a federal judge to lower the amount Tucker owed in restitution and the former governor wanted the Supreme Court to let him withdraw his guilty plea.

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis had rejected Tucker's request last August.

The appeal was the last remnant of the Bill Clinton-era Whitewater investigation.  Prosecutors alleged that Tucker and a business partner arranged a sham bankruptcy to hide profits made in the sale of a cable television system.

Tucker's lawyer said his clients court fights are now over.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)