Jim Clark, once at the heart of power as former Gov. Frank Murkowski's chief of staff, became a contrite, convicted felon Tuesday as he pleaded guilty to a federal conspiracy charge stemming from an illegal effort to re-elect his boss in 2006.
The silver-haired Clark, an attorney and lobbyist by trade, entered his plea before U.S. District Court Judge John Sedwick, then turned himself over to U.S. marshals to be booked, fingerprinted and have his mug shot taken.
"I've got a lot of atonement to do," Clark, 64, said as he stopped to speak with reporters on his way out of the courthouse, freed on his own recognizance but with his passport confiscated by federal officials. His sentencing will be delayed at least six months while he demonstrates his cooperation with ongoing investigations.
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