Prosecutor: No Charges In Arkansas Governor’s $19K Lectern Purchase

A prosecutor in Arkansas has decided not to file any criminal charges related to the controversial purchase of a $19,000 lectern by Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ office last year. The decision, announced by Pulaski County Prosecutor Will Jones on Friday, comes after a thorough review of an audit report and supporting documents.

The expensive lectern, which was bought in June 2023 using a state credit card, had drawn widespread criticism and scrutiny. However, the Arkansas Republican Party later reimbursed the state in September, with the governor’s office attributing the use of the state credit card to an accounting error.

Prosecutor Jones stated in a letter to auditor Roger Norman that there was insufficient evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that any statutes were knowingly violated.

He pointed out the ambiguity in Arkansas law concerning the applicability of the General Accounting and Budgetary Procedures Law to constitutional officers like the governor.

Governor Sanders’ spokeswoman, Alexa Henning, said the prosecutor’s review confirmed the governor’s office had acted in accordance with the law. “We followed the law, reimbursed the state with private funds, and this was nothing more than a ridiculous controversy manufactured by the far left,” Henning stated in an email.

The decision not to pursue criminal charges effectively puts an end to the prolonged controversy surrounding the lectern purchase, which had become a point of contention for critics of the Republican governor. With this matter now resolved, Governor Sanders can shift her focus back to implementing her vision for Arkansas.