Parole Board Recommends Pardon for Steve Clark

October 24, 2003 - Posted at 8:22 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - The state parole board is recommending a pardon for former state Attorney General Steve Clark.

Clark is a native of Leachville, in Mississippi County.  He is now an attorney in Austin, Texas, after being convicted of theft in 1990.  Clark failed to get clemency from the governor's office in three previous attempts.

Clark submitted his latest pardon request in August in order to pursue his goal of teaching law.

The state Post-Prison Transfer Board voted 4-to-1 last week to recommend that Clark's request be granted.  Board spokeswoman Rhonda Sharp said the file would be transferred to the governor's office for consideration.  A spokesman for Governor Huckabee declined to comment.

Clark was elected Attorney General in 1978.  He announced his candidacy for governor in 1990, but aborted the campaign amid reports of excessive spending by his office for travel and meals.

In November 1990, a Pulaski County jury convicted him of wrongfully charging less than $2,500 for personal use.  He resigned as Attorney General but was not sentenced to prison.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.