Judge dismisses Iowa woman’s harassment charge

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A judge has dismissed a harassment charge against a woman who emailed a Des Moines school district employee to express her support for a fired Des Moines football coach.

Carol Tiernan-Williams was charged last year after emailing Amanda Easton and posting on Facebook about her. Easton, who had led the school district investigation into the fired coach, reported the emails and posting to authorities.

Authorities say Tiernan-Williams was charged because she ignored a police warning to stop sending messages to Easton and other school officials.

But District Associate Judge Carol Egly found that Tiernan-Williams’ emails were not threatening and that she had a First Amendment right to criticize government officials and employees.

The Des Moines Register reports (http://dmreg.co/1flyqmW) that the judge dismissed the case Friday.

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Information from: The Des Moines Register, http://www.desmoinesregister.com

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