Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee has asked a state judge to dismiss a lawsuit that accuses the former Arkansas governor of breaking the law when his administration destroyed government-owned hard drives as he left office in January.

Jim Parsons of Bella Vista, Ark., filed a lawsuit last month in Pulaski County Circuit Court accusing Huckabee of violating the state’s Freedom of Information Act and a state law prohibiting damaging a computer without authorization. Parsons’ suit asked the court to “send a message that destroying public records is not the standard operating procedure” of elected officials when they leave office.