Privacy law has superseded libel laws in many instances in the last few
years. Publishing truth with intent to defame is considered a crime,
unless the individual is deemed a "public person". This is according to
my friend and neighbor who is a civil law student and paralegal. Of
course, everything is subject to interpretation in law....I still assert
that it is at least irresponsible to publish undocumented diatribes
against an individual.
If you were undergoing bankruptcy and financial problems, would you want
the details spread in a similar fashion? Let us practice decency, if
> Unless they have changed the laws since I left the US 4 yrs ago, truth
> is an absolute defense against libel. Which means it isn't libel if
> it's true. Think if you will on the Oscar Wilde case against his
> lover's father. Yes the news of Wilde's homosexuality was published
> with the intent to ruin his reputation, but since it was true Wilde not
> only lost the libel suit but was subsequently thrown in prison for
> homosexual activities. Yes that is a UK case but the US law is
> identical and based on the UK law.
> former lawyer
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