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Wisconsin teenager wins lawsuit over COVID social media post

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Posted at 3:52 PM, Sep 24, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-24 16:52:49-04

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin high school student has won a federal lawsuit she brought against a sheriff who threatened her with jail time early in the COVID-19 pandemic if she didn’t remove social media posts saying she had the virus.

U.S. District Judge Brett Ludwig ruled that Amiyah Cohoon's constitutional right to free speech was violated when a Marquette County sheriff’s deputy in March 2020 demanded she take down the posts.

The judge wrote that, “The First Amendment is not a game setting for the government to toggle off and on." When the suit was filed, an attorney for the Marquette County Sheriff’s Department said that the girl’s messages caused panic.