Arkansas: Housing director guilty of information-act violation

Little Rock's Metropolitan Housing Alliance Executive Director Rodney Forte, who was charged in November with failing to comply with the Freedom of Information Act, was convicted Thursday of a Class C misdemeanor in the case.

Judge Alice Lightle read a written ruling, calling his behavior a “negligent violation of the Freedom of Information Act." She sentenced Forte to pay a $100 fine and $140 in court costs. A Class C misdemeanor is punishable by a maximum of 30 days in jail and a fine of up to $500. Forte has 30 days to appeal to circuit court.

Lightle said that while the requests may have been "numerous" and "burdensome," they were "proper requests for government documents" that went unfulfilled "within the allowable statutory framework."  Continue>>>