Convictions of former schools chief reversed

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A state appellate court has reversed the two felony convictions of a former Beverly Hills schools chief who spent time in jail for misappropriation of public funds.

The Los Angeles Times reports (http://lat.ms/1cpJhvT ) the three-justice panel from the 2nd District Court of Appeal agreed with Jeffrey Hubbard's lawyers that he was not responsible for authorizing payouts during his tenure as superintendent of Beverly Hills Unified School District.

Hubbard was convicted by a jury in January 2012. The charges stemmed from allegations that Hubbard paid Karen Christiansen, former district director of planning and facilities, an unauthorized bonus and increased car allowance.

He was sentenced to 60 days in jail, but served just four.

Hubbard declined to comment on the court's decision.

Representatives from Beverly Hills Unified could not be reached for comment Thursday.

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Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com