Arena, WI man wins $35,000 settlement for three-year court battle over FB comment.

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:
http://www.aquino-law.com/news/2015/9/23/facebook-arrest-lawsuit-settled

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