But that's like saying Atticus Finch didn't shoot birds.
Hubbard's defense lawyer, Bill Baxley, is more than a bit of a legend in Southern politics.
At 31 in 1971, Baxley, a Democrat, was elected to the first of two terms as Alabama attorney general. And in that position he reopened the 1963 16th Street Baptist Church bombing and ultimately gained a conviction.
He once responded to a threatening letter from a Klansmen with these three words: "Kiss my ass."
Baxley also went after polluters, corrupt public officials and other enemies of the working class.
He was later stymied in runs for governor, but the comparison to Atticus Finch is valid. Despite now representing corporations and, of course most recently, corrupt politicians, Baxley's law firm still takes cases defending poor people.
A search of the Times' own data base, yields nothing recent to indicate any knowledge of the irony of Baxley representing a Republican criminal.
In fairness, Baxley is not the focus of the story and to spend much time getting into Baxley's past would destroy the flow of the story.
Still, an eventual story on Baxley -- and soon, to keep the news hook valid -- is more than merited.
And a movie would be even better.
Maybe John Grisham could write the screenplay.