Former AG Clark Makes Fourth Pardon Request

August 26, 2003 - Posted at: 8:31 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Former Arkansas Attorney General and Leachville native Steve Clark has again applied for a pardon from his 1990 felony theft conviction.  Clark, who never served jail time, says he wants the pardon so he can teach law.

Clark is now an attorney in Austin, Texas.  He has failed in three tries to get clemency.  He submitted his latest pardon request last week.

Clark said Monday he had received a letter acknowledging his application from the institutional parole office at the state Department of Community Correction.  He says a decision could take up to a year.

Clark was elected Attorney General in 1978.  He announced his candidacy for Governor in January 1990, but aborted the campaign just weeks later when an Arkansas Gazette report that his office had spent $115,000 in travel and meals triggered an investigation.

He was later charged with felony theft.  In November 1990, a Pulaski County jury convicted him of wrongfully charging less than $2,500 for personal use.  He resigned as Attorney General.

Clark was fined $10,000 and ordered to pay restitution and court costs.  He paid $15,407 in June 1992, a month after surrendering his license to practice law in Arkansas.

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