Lane County commissioner sues for document release

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EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- A Lane County commissioner defeated in the May election has filed suit against the county, saying it won't release documents regarding an allegation he violated scampaign finance law.

The lawsuit filed by Commissioner Rob Handy seeks a court order forcing the release of the documents, as well as money for legal fees.

District Attorney Alex Gardner told The Register-Guard newspaper (http://is.gd/a9qCct ) that the county wants to comply with Handy's request, but he asked for a broad range of documents for which the county must conduct time-consuming computer searchers.

Handy seeks documents related to a letter by a Eugene attorney that accused Handy of possible violations of state campaign finance law and abuse of office. Handy denied the allegations, claiming they were a last-minute attempt to derail his campaign.

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Information from: The Register-Guard, http://www.registerguard.com