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Judge Says San Diego Sheriff's Department Can Drop Facebook

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A federal judge says the San Diego County Sheriff's Department has the right to get rid of its Facebook page.

U-T San Diego says the page was taken down two months ago after an Oceanside gun-parts dealer sued the department.

Dimitrios Karras claimed his free-speech rights were violated when officials removed two of his postings to the page that were critical of Sheriff Bill Gore and banned him from the page.

He asked a judge to order the agency to restore the page and his comments. That motion was rejected Tuesday but the lawsuit can still proceed in federal court.