- Associated Press - Thursday, June 4, 2015

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The leader of an Arkansas housing agency has been found guilty of violating the state’s open records act after withholding information from a newspaper.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (https://bit.ly/1M7US39 ) reports Little Rock’s Metropolitan Housing Alliance Executive Director Rodney Forte was convicted Thursday of a Class C misdemeanor and sentenced to pay a $100 fine and $140 in court costs.

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

The judge on Thursday said she has no power to force the records to be released.

Forte declined to answer reporters’ questions as he left court.

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

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