Steve Clark Officially Forgiven for Crimes Against the State

February 20, 2004 - Posted at 7:59 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Former Arkansas Attorney General Steve Clark is officially forgiven for padding his state expense account.

Governor Huckabee finalized a pardon for Clark yesterday, restoring his right to vote and making it possible for Clark to teach law in Texas, where he now lives.  Clark is a Region 8 native, originally hailing from Leachville in Mississippi County.  He is also an Arkansas State University graduate.

Last month, Huckabee announced his intention to pardon Clark for his felony theft conviction.  Huckabee made the pardon final after a 30-day comment period.

The governor said Clark has suffered humiliation, bankruptcy and criminal penalties since his 1990 conviction.  Pulaski County prosecutor Larry Jegley has objected to the pardon.

A Pulaski County jury has convicted Clark of wrongfully charging less than $2,500 for personal use and he resigned as attorney general.  He was not sentenced to prison, but was fined $10,000 and ordered to pay restitution and court costs.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)