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Ex-Ala. Gov. Fined in Ethics Case

March 30, 1998

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) _ Former Gov. Guy Hunt ended his probation from an ethics conviction Monday by paying $208,030 in restitution and court costs.

Hunt’s next step is to get the state parole board to restore his right to vote and participate in politics, but he said he has no plans to run for office again.

``I am very appreciative of the court’s decision. I rejoice in it,″ Hunt said. ``My only plans right now are to go home and celebrate with my wife.″

Circuit Judge Sally Greenhaw granted Beck’s request to release Alabama’s first Republican governor this century from probation.

Hunt was convicted and removed from office in 1993 for pocketing $200,000 from his tax-exempt 1987 inaugural fund. He was sentenced to probation and community service, along with the restitution and court costs.

Hunt’s probation was supposed to end in June, but Mrs. Greenhaw ruled in February that it would be extended five years because he had paid only $4,200 due from his sentence.

That prompted a state lawmaker, Tom Drake, to start a fund-raising campaign that raised $104,000. The rest came from a loan and Hunt wouldn’t identify the lender.

``I won’t say until all of the accounting is done,″ he said. ``Counting a whole bunch of ones and fives and tens takes a while.″

Prosecutors didn’t oppose the end of Hunt’s probation.

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