October 22, 2014

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Case dismissed against Facebooker who cheered school shooter

MEDINA — The case has been dismissed against a Lorain County man accused of inducing panic for a Facebook posting that cheered the school shootings in Newtown, Conn.

Joseph Resovsky, 20, of Columbia Station, had pleaded not guilty, arguing the comments were protected under the First Amendment. The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio had defended Resovsky in Municipal Court in Medina.

Police had said the posting on Dec. 14, the day of the Connecticut shootings, concerned people who thought it was an endorsement of school violence.

The ACLU said Friday’s dismissal confirms that the speech was protected. The organization’s legal director says the comments may have offended people, but they weren’t illegal.

A message seeking comment was left with the Medina city law prosecutor, who had requested the case be dismissed earlier this month.