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    Can you sue someone for calling you a pedophile?


    "Ca!nman" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    If you're not one, then calling you one to someone else is slander if done
    by word of mouth, libel if by writing. The general term for libel and
    slander is called "defamation," and anyone who defames another by
    dishonestly calling him a pedophile has committed an actionable tort for
    which he may be answerable in damages in a court of law.


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      Can you sue someone for calling you a pedophile?

      On Sat, 5 Jun 2004 16:18:37 -0400, " jls" <[email protected]>
      wrote:
      If you're not one, then calling you one to someone else is slander if doneby word of mouth, libel if by writing. The general term for libel andslander is called "defamation," and anyone who defames another bydishonestly calling him a pedophile has committed an actionable tort forwhich he may be answerable in damages in a court of law.
      Damages have to be proven in civil court. Merely claiming that your
      feelings were hurt is not considered damage.

      For example, if you can prove that your employer terminated your
      employment because of the allegation of pedophilia, then you have a
      case for real damage. But the argument you present must be reasonable
      based on the preponderance of the evidence.


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      • #4
        Can you sue someone for calling you a pedophile?

        > If you're not one, then calling you one to someone else is slander if done
        by word of mouth, libel if by writing. The general term for libel and slander is called "defamation," and anyone who defames another by dishonestly calling him a pedophile has committed an actionable tort for which he may be answerable in damages in a court of law.

        If A says “I believe that B is a pedophile,” or “It is my opinion that B is
        a pedophile,” and B is not a pedophile, is that slander? Does the extent of
        the evidence on which B’s belief is based make any difference? In other
        words, if there is some, but not conclusive evidence, that B is a pedophile
        but later it is discovered that he or she is not, does the misleading
        evidence render A’s “belief” reasonable and excuse him or her from slander?



        If A says “B is a pedophile,” and B retorts: “No, I am not, but you are,”
        and A is not a pedophile, has B committed slander? If B later contends “You
        didn’t let me finish; what I was going to say was “but you are full of
        ****.” Does that make any difference? If B retorts “It takes one to
        recognize one,” and A is not a pedophile, is that slander?



        If B said in 1995, before Fermat’s last theorem was proved, “If Fermat’s
        last theorem is true, B is a peodphile,” and B is not a pedophile, is that
        slander? After Fermat’s last theorem has been proved, is B’s 1995 statement
        slander? If A says "If B is a pedophile, I am going to kill him," is that
        considered a death threat?



        My last question is: can I get a part time job writing questions for the
        LSAT?


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        • #5
          Can you sue someone for calling you a pedophile?

          I heard a quote from a judge once...."I have only seen one person collect on a
          slander case in the last 15 yrs"...do the math.
          spd





          The law isn't justice. It's a very imperfect mechanism. If you press exactly
          the right buttons and are also lucky, justice may show up in the answer. A
          mechanism is all the law was ever intended to be."
          -Raymond Chandler

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