CASPER, Wyo. — A judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by Wyoming’s former superintendent, who claimed a Casper lawmaker defamed her in a Facebook post.

The Casper Star-Tribune reported ( ) Monday that the judge called the Facebook post at question the exact type of statement the First Amendment intends to protect.

Cindy Hill claimed that Tim Stubson, a onetime Casper state representative, wrote a post that continued a pattern of malicious conduct against her.

She had filed the suit in February 2016 as Stubson was challenging Liz Cheney for a U.S. House seat.

Stubson says he is relieved the case is behind him. He says the case was important because people need to be free to criticize their elected officials.

Information from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune,

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