Thistle Pettersen was facing up to two years in prison and a $10,000 fine for allegedly placing a “TERF Collective” sticker in Madison.
According to Lauren Adams, WoLF Legal Director, the judge in the case stated that the facts of the case did not support the charges, which could result in a maximum fine of $10,000 and a prison sentence of two years.
Pettersen, who is the founder of the feminist radio station WLRN and a WoLF member, has been the target of a years-long campaign of harassment by local gender extremists. In July, she was contacted by Madison Police and cited after they received a call warning of an “anti-transgender activist” placing stickers on news media boxes around the city.
Adams told 4W the case represents “an unambiguous win for free speech.”
Pettersen, on the other hand, is frustrated that taxpayer dollars were spent essentially supporting the harassment of a private citizen. “I feel greatly relieved that the charges were dropped but they never should have been brought in the first place,” she told 4W. “I have endured public humiliation and harassment from trans activists for years in my community.”