Facebook post about Newtown shootings leads to charge

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Editor’s note: The case against Joseph Resovsky was dismissed on Jan. 25. The ACLU of Ohio said the dismissal confirmed that Resovsky’s speech was protected.

MEDINA, Ohio — A suburban Cleveland man has pleaded not guilty to inducing panic for a Facebook posting that cheered the school shootings in Newtown, Conn.

The plea was entered on behalf of 20-year-old Joseph Resovsky of Columbia Station in Municipal Court in Medina, where he works.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio yesterday said it would defend Resovsky and called the posting protected free speech. The ACLU says the posting may have been in bad taste but made no direct threats.

The Medina Gazette reports police said the posting on Dec. 14, the day of the Connecticut shootings, worried people who thought it was an endorsement of school violence.

No public phone listing could be found to contact Resovsky.

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