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ARKANSAN DENIES 2ND ROUND OF CHARGES

Gov. Jim Guy Tucker pleaded not guilty Monday to a second round of federal charges stemming from the White-water investigation.

"Your Honor, I plead not guilty to each and every count in the indictment," Tucker told U.S. Magistrate Jerry Cavaneau.Tucker; former savings and loan owner James B. McDougal; and McDougal's former wife, Susan McDougal, were named in a 21-count fraud and conspiracy indictment handed up Aug. 17 by the special Whitewater federal grand jury. Tucker was named in 11 counts.

They are accused of lying about the real purposes of $3 million in federally backed loans and using some of the money for themselves.

The McDougals, who were President Clinton's partners in the failed Whitewater land development deal, were to be arraigned later this week.

Cavaneau set an Oct. 10 trial date for Tucker, estimating the trial would last four to six weeks.

The same special grand jury indicted Tucker in June on charges he lied about a loan and tried to avoid taxes. He pleaded not guilty to those charges, too.

Tucker said Monday he would not consider a plea bargain in either indictment.

"I'm not going to plead guilty to something that I'm innocent of. I have done nothing wrong. I've committed no crime. I've not conspired with anybody," he said.

Tucker has repeatedly contended that his prosecution by Whitewater special counsel Kenneth Starr was political. Tucker is a Democrat; Starr is a Republican.