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Discussion » Questions » Legal » Is fraudulent speech protected by the first amendment? Can you lie your a** off without being punished for it? If so how fair is that?

Is fraudulent speech protected by the first amendment? Can you lie your a** off without being punished for it? If so how fair is that?

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  • 4752
    Grey area.   Under oath before a court?  Never.
    In public, kinda.  There is no real laws against telling lies. Only telling lies in certain circumstances.  
    The real issue either way is proving a lie.  A false statement isn't proof of a lie.  It's circumstantial evidence of one, but that's it.  To prove a false claim is a lie one has to prove that person made said claim while knowing it not to be true.
      January 10, 2017 10:58 AM MST
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  • 2809
    Hello Rosie:

    Yes..  By itself, lying is legal..  Lying to STEAL something or CHEAT somebody or DEFAME them isn't. 

    excon
      January 10, 2017 11:05 AM MST
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