Prosecutor won't file charges over UA testimony

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - The Pulaski County prosecutor says conflicting testimony from University of Arkansas officials isn't enough to warrant criminal charges under the state's perjury laws.

Prosecutor Larry Jegley reviewed testimony from a legislative hearing last fall about reported problems at the university's Division of Advancement. At the hearing, former UA spokesman John Diamond told lawmakers that school officials ordered him to "get rid" of records regarding a multimillion dollar deficit in the division.

Chancellor G. David Gearhart later testified that he never ordered the destruction of documents and that Diamond was a "disgruntled employee."

In Jegley's letter dated Monday, he said there was no probable cause for prosecution over the testimony.

Diamond, who now works for the University of Wisconsin System, declined to comment. Gearhart called the prosecutor's decision "the appropriate conclusion."

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