Charges against a Columbia Station man who made inflammatory remarks supporting the shooting deaths of 26 people in Connecticut last month were dropped Friday in Medina Municipal Court.
Joseph Resovsky, 20, had been charged with inducing panic, a misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail.
Medina police arrested Resovsky after they said they received several phone calls and emails from people concerned that his Facebook posting could indicate he might be plotting a similar crime.
The ACLU of Ohio argued on Resovsky’s behalf that his statements were protected under the First Amendment.
On Friday, the Medina city law director told the court he had reviewed the facts and determined Resovsky’s statements were constitutionally protected, the ACLU said in a written news release.
“His comments may have offended people, but that is not illegal,” ACLU of Ohio Legal Director James Hardiman said.