Illinois city approves $125,000 Twitter lawsuit settlement

AP News
Posted: Sep 09, 2015 1:02 PM

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois city's council has approved a $125,000 settlement in a lawsuit filed by a man whose home was raided by police over a fake Twitter account he created depicting the mayor as a lewd fan of drugs and alcohol.

The (Peoria) Journal Star reports ( ) that the Peoria City Council approved the settlement Tuesday night with no discussion. When the deal was announced last week, attorneys for 30-year-old Jon Daniel of Peoria called it "a civics lessons" for governments around Illinois that parody isn't cause for a police investigation.

The deal includes no admission that Peoria did anything wrong. Daniel has said he is satisfied with the settlement.

Daniel created the Twitter account in March 2014, writing as Mayor Jim Ardis and focusing on alcohol, drugs and sex.


Information from: Journal Star,