ARENA, WI – Thomas G. Smith was awarded a $35,000 settlement after fighting criminal charges stemming from a profanity-laced Facebook comment. Smith was subjected to a day of pretrial detention plus a ban on using a computer or cell phone for any purpose other than for work. Smith was sentenced to a year of probation and 25 hours of community service, but the sentence and conviction were overturned on appeal. Smith was represented at trial by attorney Tom Aquino.
A trial transcript is archived here: 283103427-Thomas-Smith-Trial-Transcript
The appellate decision is archived here: Smith v Wisconsin 2013AP2516-CR
The lawsuit complaint is archived here: SMITH 3-14-cv-00807
Aquino wrote an article on the settlement of this case: