NAMPA -- The Idaho Supreme Court has sided with a Nampa man fighting to get the contract of a former county prosecutor declared public.

Newly elected city council member Bob Henry told the Idaho Press-Tribune the ruling Thursday was a significant victory. Henry has long sought access to financial records and other documents related to Canyon County's contract with former prosecutor John Bujak.

A district court judge previously ruled the records were private and not subject to Idaho's public records law.

But the Idaho Supreme Court disagreed, saying the documents were public records.

Bujak resigned amid a dispute involving nearly $300,000 the county says he owes. He was arrested last month on theft charges related to his handling of money from the contract with the county to prosecute misdemeanors in Nampa.

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