Congressman Can't Avoid Mug Shot in Assault Case

Greg Gianforte will be booked, photographed, and fingerprinted
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 21, 2017 4:18 PM CDT
Gianforte Can't Avoid Mug Shot in Assault Case
In this May 25, 2017, file photo, Greg Gianforte celebrates his win over Rob Quist for Montana's open congressional seat in Bozeman, Mont.   (Rachel Leathe/Bozeman Daily Chronicle via AP, File)

Montana Rep. Greg Gianforte has lost his bid to avoid being booked, photographed, and fingerprinted for assaulting a reporter the day before he was elected in May, the AP reports. Judge Rick West ordered the Republican to report to the Gallatin County Detention Center to be booked for the assault charge by Sept. 15. Gianforte was never arrested and booked for the assault against Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs on May 24. Prosecutors filed the assault charge later that day, and Gianforte pleaded guilty in June.

However, his attorneys argued that he should not have to be photographed and fingerprinted because he was never actually arrested. A mug shot would likely be used against Gianforte when he runs for re-election next year. West's order was signed Friday. (More Greg Gianforte stories.)

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