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Thursday, August 10, 2006

Steve Clark sets example

Posted By on Thu, Aug 10, 2006 at 9:21 AM

About a month ago, we had an item here about a Miami New Times profile of former Arkansas attorney general Steve Clark, who is now teaching at St. Thomas University School of Law in South Florida.

The article made note of his 1990 felony conviction and the school's willingness to overlook it.

Now the New Times follows up with the story of a student who was expelled from the school for committing a crime similar to Clark's. She wants back in, and she is alleging unequal treatment.

She had to disclose her felony conviction to the school. "I thought I'd be okay, because I'd heard rumors that there was a professor on staff with a felony," Johnson says, referring to Clark, a former Arkansas attorney general who was pardoned in 2004. Indeed her offense — misuse of someone else's credit card — was similar to Clark's crime. ...

Defending Clark, Prado explained, "In this particular case, there is someone who paid restitution and was pardoned."

Johnson paid restitution too. And, unlike Clark, she spent time behind bars. She merely lacks a pardon and political connections to Butterworth.

"Steve Clark has a felony, and I have a felony," she says. "Steve Clark is part of their little club, and I'm not."

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