Appeals Court Reinstates Indictment in Tucker Trial

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LITTLE ROCK: A three judge panel in a St. Louis appeals court has reinstated a tax fraud indictment against Arkansas Governor Jim Guy Tucker. Tucker's attorneys said they will ask the Eighth Circuit in St. Louis to rehear the case, adding that they are prepared to take the issue to the Supreme Court if necessary. On trial for lying about how he planned to spend a $300,000 federal loan and concealing the value of a cable television station he owned, Tucker is also named with Susan and James McDougal in fraud and conspiracy charges central to the Whitewater scandal. The three judges also disqualified Judge Henry Woods from hearing the case because he is a friend of First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton. Woods was removed from the case simply to avoid the appearance of impropriety, not due to accusations of wrongdoing.Dole Changes His Tune