Posted by panch from pool0591.cvx24-bradley.dialup.earthlink.net (188.8.131.52) on Sunday, June 16, 2002 at 0:30AM :
In Reply to: Can Public Figures Sue ? posted by panch from pool0591.cvx24-bradley.dialup.earthlink.net (184.108.40.206) on Sunday, June 16, 2002 at 0:20AM :
WHAT ABOUT INSULTS AND EPITHETS? ARE THEY DEFAMATORY?
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Generally, no. Usually they are seen as outbursts of emotion, with no
real substance, except to show intense dislike.
+++There is no doubt I have intense dislike for what Jackie did. I don't dislike her per se. She is a talented woman, good at promoting herself. The names i called her describe the acts she did...the kind of person who would do such things.
+++Even if I call a person a whore...it doesn't mean a sex worker necessarily. We all know what that can mean, what kind of behavior it describes. If what I said about her is true, and her actions hurt me and my family terribly, then I can be expected to be angry and lash out verbally.
++++When I call someone a bitch...it has "no real substance". Meaning that she isn't a female dog, obviously. But it can mean that in my opinion, and it can ONLY be my opinion...unless it becomes the consensus view...that this person acted towards me in ways a reasonable person could agree is covered pretty well by that common Anglo-Saxon word. No crime.
DON'T I HAVE A RIGHT TO EXPRESS MY OPINION?
[Free legal information for libel/slander law @ FreeAdvice.com.] Yes, so
long as your statement of opinion is just an opinion, not containing
specific facts that can be proved untrue.
+++++I gave my opinion of her several times. Whenever I made a specific allegation, it was true. I say again, I don't have to prove it is true...she has to prove it never happened. But I can prove it.
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