James W. Baldwin, director of the D.C. Office of Human Rights, has been acquited of a charge that he use official stationery in an illegal attempt to generate personal income beyond his government salary.
In a five-page opinion, Jeanus B. Parks Jr., a member of the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics, ruled this week that "there is no evidence appearing in the record (of hearing in the case to support the charge against Dr. Baldwin.
Using the stationery would have been illegal if it were shown that Baldwin hoped "to realize personal... financial gain" beyond his city salary of more than $40.000 a year.
Baldwin admitted using he stationery in 1976 to invite more than 50 municipal workers to participate in a graduate program conducted by Nova University of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Samuel Humes, director of grasduate programs at Nova, told The Washington Post last year that Baldwin would have been hired as a consultant at $500 a month if enough persons had signed up for the course.
Baldwin dropped plans to become active as a Nova program director after the university began checking a disclosure else's written work as his own during his quest for a dostoral degree.
Early this year, this university is sued a statement saying that Baldwin's "confirment errors of judgement... are not sufficient to warrant the drastic and irreversible action of revoking his degree."