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CONWAY — A judge on Friday signed an agreed-upon order saying Faulkner County Judge Jim Baker had violated the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

Baker had first refused to give public emails that he sent and received to a supporter of his re-election opponent but turned them over Thursday, a day after a lawsuit was filed over the matter.

Faulkner County Circuit Judge Chris Carnahan signed the order after both parties in the case agreed on it. He ordered Baker to pay legal fees incurred by the plaintiff, Bob Gregory, totaling $187.50.

Gregory is a supporter of Republican Damon Edwards, the county tax assessor who is challenging Democrat Baker’s re-election bid.

County attorney David Hogue said Baker, not the county, would pay the fees.

For details, read the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette on Saturday.

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