(BOZEMAN) Gallatin County District Court Judge Holly Brown ordered that U.S. Representative Greg Gianforte's jail booking photo be released to the public.
Gianforte was ordered to have a booking photo and be fingerprinted after he pleaded guilty to assaulting Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs the night before the special election in May 2017.
In Gallatin County, booking photos are not released unless they are requested, and the County Attorney and the photographed party does not object.
Booking photos are considered "confidential criminal justice information" in Gallatin County.
Gallatin County District Court Judge Rick West ordered Gianforte to be fingerprinted and have a booking photo taken during his hearing.
Gianforte's defense attorney objected to the order at the hearing, but it was later ruled that he must be booked into the jail.
Gianforte was ordered to pay $385 in fines and complete 40 hours of community service and 20 hours of anger management.
A spokesman for Gianforte released the following statement on Wednesday afternoon: "As an elected official, Greg is committed to transparency. Greg would have provided the materials on his own in August if the law allowed it. Instead, Greg volunteered the release of the information and has worked to ensure it is available to the public.