Judge rules Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin broke the law

From The City Wire:  A Pulaski County Circuit Court judge today (Aug. 12) ruled that Secretary of State Mark Martin (R) violated state law by hiring outside legal counsel to the tune of more than $100,000 instead of using attorneys already on staff, or using the Arkansas attorney general's office.

Liberal blogger Matt Campbell had originally sued Martin in July over a violation of the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act, when Martin did not provide documents requested in a June 2 FOIA request and would only provide other documents in a format that Campbell had not requested.

In defending the lawsuits, Martin enlisted the services of an attorney from the Little Rock-based law firm of Quattlebaum, Grooms, Tull & Burrow.

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