Published: Feb 07, 2012 4:57 AM EST
Updated: Feb 07, 2012 1:28 PM EST

PUNTA GORDA, Fla -- The Georgia Bureau of Investigation will drop charges against four right to die activists, including a southwest Florida man.

The Supreme Court of Georgia unanimously struck down the state's assisted suicide law, saying that it violates free speech.

The Final Exit Network is a 3,000 member national non-profit organization. They offer advice to those suffering from intolerable medical circumstances who want to end their lives.

It has been a highly controversial battle and after today's ruling, some members say it's a step in the right direction.

"I knew at the time of my arrest we would not be convicted because what they alleged in the first place did not happen and they couldn't prove that it happened," said Ted Goodwin.

 Final Exit Network's former president Ted Goodwin says he is relieved the Georgia Supreme Court has agreed with the organization and upheld the right of free speech.

"It obviously is a relief. My wife has been on pins and needles, my children and my grandchildren who have understood that Grandpa was arrested, but yet know that Grandpa didn't do anything wrong, you know they're relieved," he said.

In February 2009, Goodwin was arrested near the site of an undercover sting operation north of Atlanta. He was indicted with three others members on charges they helped a Georgia man with cancer kill himself.

Then they challenged Georgia's assisted suicide law. The state's Supreme Court justices found the law flawed which means the group can not be prosecuted.

The Final Exit Network's motto is "Death with Dignity." Member Frank Kavanaugh says it doesn't encourage or provide the means for people to die, it only provides information.

"We think that because we only provide information, then we are protected by the First Amendment right of free speech and that was the issue in Georgia," he explained.