San Diego Facebook comments lawsuit settled

Feb 21, 2015 2:34 PM by News Staff

SAN DIEGO (AP) - An Oceanside gun-parts dealer has settled a lawsuit that claimed the San Diego County Sheriff's Department violated his free-speech rights by banning his posts from its Facebook page.

U-T San Diego says Dimitri Karras has agreed to drop his lawsuit in exchange for $20. The county also will pay about $23,000 in attorney's fees but doesn't acknowledge wrongdoing.

Karras posted combative comments on the sheriff's Facebook page last year. They were removed for violating rules for comments. After Karras sued, the department removed its Facebook page.

Karras says the suit wasn't about money but about government use of social media.

U-T San Diego says Karras also has threatened to sue the San Diego and Fullerton police departments for removing or threatening to remove his Facebook posts.

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