Federal judge to hear arguments in fake Twitter account lawsuit
PEORIA - A Peoria man whose home was raided by police after creating a parody Twitter account of the city's mayor will have his lawsuit heard by a federal judge on Monday.
The arguments will be heard by Judge Michael Mihm in U.S. District Court. The lawsuit was filed by Jon Daniel, 29, who claims his civil rights were violated with the police raid on his home. According to Daniel, the parody Twitter account was protected under the First Amendment.
However, Peoria officials are pushing to have the lawsuit dismissed, citing that authorities sought warrants on charges that Daniel allegedly impersonated Mayor Jim Ardis, a public official. Officials also say Daniel posted inappropriate messages on the account before it was suspended by Twitter.