False, Injurious Statements and Libel...July 3 2009 at 10:17 PM
|George (Login George1st)|
Response to I think Jorden has a point...
Luke: ôLibel is a more complicated legal concept than just "untrue". It's more like "reckless disregard for truth"
Whether "reckless disregard for truth", or a "cautious disregard for truth", it does not make much of a difference. In USA it is a civil law issue, not criminal law. If you publicly defame someone and damage his reputation, it does not matter whether or not you believe what you said. You presented false, injurious and untrue statements as facts, which are provably not true and therefore you committed libel. Whether, or not you believed it yourself is irrelevant.