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No Pardon for Former Arkansas AG

October 6, 2001

LITTLE ROCK (AP) _ Gov. Mike Huckabee rejected a pardon Friday for former Attorney General Steve Clark, convicted in 1990 of charging personal expenses to his state credit card.

Clark, now a lawyer in Austin, Texas, must wait a year before reapplying.

In April, the state Post Prison Transfer Board voted 5-0 against clemency.

Clark, 54, was elected attorney general in 1978.

His campaign for governor in 1990 was aborted when the Arkansas Gazette reported that his office had spent $115,000 in travel and meals.

Later that year, he was convicted of felony theft for wrongfully charging less than $2,500 for his personal use.

He was fined $10,000 plus court costs, and resigned as attorney general.

Clark could not immediately be reached for comment. A secretary in his law office said he was traveling Friday afternoon.

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