A Montana judge on Wednesday released the mugshot of Rep. Greg Gianforte (Mont.), the millionaire Republican who was convicted in June of assaulting a reporter and fought the court to avoid being fingerprinted and photographed.
Bozeman Chronicle reporter Whitney Bermes posted the news and the photo to Twitter:
Gallatin County District Judge Holly Brown ruled Wednesday that Gianforte’s photograph could be released to seven media outlets, according to the Chronicle. Neither Gianforte nor a county attorney objected to its release, the publication previously reported.
Gianforte, 56, was charged May 24 — the day before Montana voters elected him to the U.S. House — with misdemeanor assault for body-slamming The Guardian’s Ben Jacobs. Gianforte pleaded guilty to the charge June 12, and a judge gave him a six-month deferred sentence and ordered him to perform community service and attend anger management counseling.
Later that same month, Gianforte and his legal team filed a motion arguing the court did not have the authority to require him to appear for fingerprints and a mugshot because he was not arrested or charged with a felony. The court ultimately denied the request, and he was booked into the Gallatin County Detention Center in Bozeman, Montana, in late August.
The Gallatin County records office did not immediately respond to HuffPost’s request Wednesday for a copy of the mugshot.
HuffPost asked the congressman at the U.S. Capitol in July whether he believed other Montanans cited for misdemeanor assault also shouldn’t be fingerprinted and photographed. He walked into his office without responding.