- Associated Press - Saturday, November 7, 2015

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A jury has overturned the conviction of Little Rock’s housing director for violating the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/1MhvKpO ) the Pulaski County jury deliberated for about 2½ hours Friday before finding Metropolitan Housing Alliance Executive Director Rodney Forte not guilty of violating the FOI Act.

Forte had appealed his June misdemeanor conviction of failing to respond to FOI requests from the newspaper within three working days - as required by state law. He was sentenced to pay a $100 fine and $140 in court costs.

A reporter for the newspaper started submitting requests after learning the organization hired a deputy executive director at a $92,000 salary. The reporter and an editor asked several times for information that included employee documents, work orders and tenant complaints.

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Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, https://www.arkansasonline.com

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