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Discussion » Statements » Rosie's Corner » Can one sue for "Defamation of Character" if it can be demonstrably PROVEN you have no character? What's the legal definition of character?

Can one sue for "Defamation of Character" if it can be demonstrably PROVEN you have no character? What's the legal definition of character?

How is it possible to sue others for attacking something you never had in the first place?

Posted - June 12

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  • 2792
    This is a quick summary, under Oregon law:
    https://kellywarnerlaw.com/oregon-defamation-laws/

    Defamation is defined as a false statement communicated to another person that damages your reputation.
    If you are a famous person, it has to also be malicious.


    Here's a quick summary of the federal laws:
    https://kellywarnerlaw.com/us-defamation-laws/



    In 1735 a journalist (John Peter Zenger) in the colony of New York was acquitted by a jury who nullified a law making it a crime to criticize public officials (defamation).  So even though it violated the law, the jury said: "Nope.  You can't make it illegal to say the truth about somebody."


      June 12, 2019 7:45 AM MDT
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  • 65059
    Thank you for your reply Walt! Wow! 1735 folks were way way way way way better intellectually than they are today. I wonder  why homo saps are worse now than they were before? Any ideas?
      June 12, 2019 10:02 AM MDT
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