Thursday, March 20, 2008

Arkansas: Pardon Revisited

Steve Clark served as attorney general for the State of Arkansas from 1979-90 and was widely considered to be a potential Democratic nominee for governor in 1990. Then an investigation found that he had spent $ 115, 000 in such a way that he was eventually convicted of felony theft. Clark resigned from office and was fined $10,000. He was also ordered to pay restitution and court costs. In 2004, then-Gov. Mike Huckabee pardoned Clark, who is now an instructor for the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. Clark also collects fees to give speeches on addiction, ethics and the law. Now, he is considering running for Fayetteville mayor. The Arkansas State Constitution prohibits those who are convicted of embezzling public money or “other infamous crimes” from holding any office of trust in Arkansas, but Huckabee's pardon has cleared the way for Clark to return to the world of politics. See full story here.

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