Huckabee Plans to Pardon Steve Clark

January 16, 2004 - Posted at 4:28 p.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Governor Huckabee today gave notice that he intends to pardon former Attorney General Steve Clark.  The governor said Clark, a Leachville native, has suffered humiliation, bankruptcy, and criminal penalties after being convicted of theft in 1990.

Huckabee said Clark has paid fines and court costs, even though a bankruptcy filing made it unnecessary, and deserved a chance to "rebuild his clearly broken life."

Clark was elected attorney general in 1978.  He announced his candidacy for governor in January 1990, but aborted the campaign just weeks later after an Arkansas Gazette report that his office had spent $115,000 in travel and meals.

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 not sentenced to life in prison.

Huckabee said Clark paid fines, restitution and court costs of more than $18,000 and the state parole board has recommended Clark's pardon.

The pardon would restore Clark's rights, except the right to own or possess firearms.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)