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Wash. Co. Attorney Admits to Violations

DES MOINES, IA (AP) - An Iowa county attorney says he unknowingly violated the state's open records law because he was too busy to provide public documents to a former employee.

Washington County Attorney Larry Brock testified Thursday before a judge in Des Moines.

Brock is the first public official charged by the year-old Iowa Public Information board with knowingly violating the state's public records law. He faces a fine up to $2,500 if convicted.

A former county park ranger on March 3 requested a months' worth of correspondence between Brock and other officials. Brock didn't fulfill the request until June 6.

State law gives public officials 10 business days to respond in most cases.

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