Iowa Man Wins BIG Free Speech Battle Against Cops
Article from Reason by Zuri Davis.
Jon Goldsmith of Red Oak, Iowa, was charged with third-degree harassment after calling Adams County Sheriff’s Deputy Cory Dorsey, among other things, a “stupid sum bitch” on Facebook. Nearly a year after the incident, Goldsmith has won his free speech lawsuit against the sheriff’s office.
The charges were short-lived after Goldsmith’s attorney managed to get them dropped for violating the First Amendment. A year later, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed suit on his behalf against the county, Dorsey, and Hogan, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa.
Goldsmith won his case, according to a Monday press release.
The Adams County Sheriff’s office will pay Goldsmith $10,000 in damages, which includes the cost of the lawyer he hired to defend himself in court. A judge also ordered the deputies to stop charging civilians for criticizing its law enforcement, as they’ve done at least two other times.
Read the entire article at Reason.