She ate my disclosure form

According to an article in the Baton Rouge Advocate, “I forgot” is now a good excuse for failing to file one’s financial disclosure statement.

Former state health chief Alan Levine forgot to file his personal financial disclosure report on time last year. Advocate, March 25, 2012

“Through the move and purchase of a new home, his documents were stored and he accidently forgot,” according to an Ethics Board analysis. Ibid. (emphasis mine)

How does one make a legal distinction between accidentally forgetting and intentionally forgetting?

What’s next; the dog ate my financial disclosure statement?

It’s not called the “Heh, Heh, Heh, Ethics Board” for nothing.