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After conviction, ex-Beverly Hills schools chief rips legal system

March 1, 2012 | 12:22 pm

Former Beverly Hills superintendent Jeffrey Hubbard defends himself on Twitter
Former Beverly Hills school Supt. Jeffrey Hubbard took to Twitter this week in his quest to clear his reputation after being convicted of two felony counts of misappropriation of public funds.

He tweeted Wednesday that he would be using social media to expose a wrongful prosecution and conviction, the Daily Pilot reported.

"In coming weeks I will be exposing the lies and hypocrisy of the BHUSD, a greedy ex-superintendent, outright lies by the LA DA — bye for now," tweeted Hubbard.

On his Twitter profile, @DrJeffHubbard, Hubbard describes himself as a "wrongfully convicted and incarcerated former school superintendent. Dedicated to the truth about my legal issues & those at the mercy of an unjust legal system."

In his first tweet, which has a Tuesday evening time stamp, he wrote: "I was wrongly convicted in January 2012 of a crime I did not commit. I was sentenced in Feb 2012 to 60 days in jail & fined. I am innocent."

He also said he would use the account to discuss his faith and recovery from alcoholism. He quit drinking about 10 years ago, he said on Twitter.

Hubbard was convicted of redirecting money to a subordinate without permission. A jury found him guilty of misappropriating $23,500 in public funds without school board permission.

"Spending 3 million dollars on an alleged $23,500 crime is PURELY POLITICAL — not only that — I was DIRECTED to initiate those payments," Hubbard tweeted, later writing: "Ere you judge — GET THE FACTS ABOUT MY LEGAL CASE! Supts. can't write checks or force payments — they can only INITIATE a process #justice."

Hubbard served four days of a 60-day jail sentence. He was released early Monday morning.

At the time of his conviction, Hubbard was superintendent of the Newport-Mesa Unified School District in Orange County. He was later fired by the Newport-Mesa School Board.

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-- Lauren Williams, Times Community News

Photo: Screen grab of Dr. Jeffrey Hubbard's Twitter page. Credit: Times Community News

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