What Defamation Is and Isn’t: On Writing about Abuses of Process

Falsely Accused

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by: RestrainingOrderAbuse.com

“Libel and slander are legal claims for false statements of fact about a person that are printed, broadcast, spoken or otherwise communicated to others. Libel generally refers to statements or visual depictions in written or other permanent form, while slander refers to verbal statements and gestures. The term defamation is often used to encompass both libel and slander.”
                                                                —Media Law Resource Center

No honest lawyer would deny that a whole lot of lying goes on in court—though there are more than a few veterans of legal process who would deny there’s such a thing as an honest lawyer.

Either way, same point: a whole lot of lying.

A purpose of the First Amendment is…

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