Ariz. bar reprimands ex-US Attorney Dennis Burke

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By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron

PHOENIX (AP) -- The Arizona State Bar has reprimanded a former U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona for leaking two classified documents to news organizations involving the Fast and Furious gun-smuggling investigation.

The bar on Thursday also billed Dennis K. Burke $1,200 for their expenses in the disciplinary proceeding.

Burke, who resigned his job in August 2011, called the bar's action "a fair resolution."

"I clearly could have done better in the way that I had done things," Burke told The Arizona Republic. "As U.S. Attorney, my ultimate client is the United States. At the end of the day, I did not follow the process."

Burke hasn't commented publicly on his actions or the events surrounding Fast and Furious until now.

In December 2010, U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry was killed in a shootout with a gang of smugglers near the U.S.-Mexico border.

Near the shooting scene, investigators found two weapons tied to a cache that had been sold intentionally to weapons smugglers in a sting operation.

The case brought to light the botched Fast and Furious operation in which federal agents trying to track guns allowed criminals to buy them for weapons smugglers.

Instead, agents lost track of 1,400 of the 2,000 guns involved in the botched arms-trafficking probe.

Burke was accused of improperly releasing information to the New York Times and Fox News in an effort to protect his office and provide more transparency on the investigation.

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