Saturday, April 3, 2010


In today's society we are so quick to pass judgement or in fact attack the very persons credibility, reputation, and family. The scars can last a lifetime and does the blogger really think about this before he/she makes their comment, that could result in serious consequences?
Online Defamation Law
The Bloggers' FAQ on Online Defamation Law provides an overview of defamation (libel) law, including a discussion of the constitutional and statutory privileges that may protect you.
What is defamation?
Generally, defamation is a false and unprivileged statement of fact that is harmful to someone's reputation, and published "with fault," meaning as a result of negligence or malice. State laws often define defamation in specific ways. Libel is a written defamation; slander is a spoken defamation.
What are the elements of a defamation claim?
The elements that must be proved to establish defamation are:
a publication to one other than the person defamed;
a false statement of fact;
that is understood as
a. being of and concerning the plaintiff; and
b. tending to harm the reputation of plaintiff.
If the plaintiff is a public figure, he or she must also prove actual malice.
Is truth a defense to defamation claims?
Yes. Truth is an absolute defense to a defamation claim.
I am mortified and angry regarding some of the most recent BLOG posts I have seen. Instead of building cooperation and trust we are breaking down the very platform we are trying to build which is a democracy and a better government FOR THE PEOPLE.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

If you are getting this worked up over comments on a blog, you would NEVER be able to handle the criticism and attacks that come from Jim Sottile.

You need a much thicker skin to take him on lady.