Ethics Commission Dismisses Hard Drive Complaint against Huckabee

FEBRUARY 16, 2007 - Posted at 2:29 p.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Arkansas' ethics panel dismissed a complaint against former Governor Mike Huckabee today over his destruction of hard drives from his office.

By a 3-to-0 vote, the commission voted to dismiss the complaint filed last month against Huckabee, who has formed an exploratory committee to run for president.

Jim Parsons of Bella Vista accused Huckabee of violating the state's Freedom of Information Act by crushing the hard drives before he left office on January 9.

Huckabee has defended the destruction of the drives and said it was done to protect sensitive information such as employees' or constituents' Social Security numbers and credit card information.

Commission director Graham Sloan says the panel ruled that it did not have jurisdiction in the case because it does not enforce the Freedom of Information Act.

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