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.

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