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Defamation

Posted: Wed May 11, 2011 12:24 am
by bissey
Quick question guys:

For public matter defamation about a public figure, what is the test? Curtis (malice test) controls public matters concerning public figures, and public officials don't have a private life so nothing is a private matter, but this one has me stumped. I guess a related question is do public figures has private lives?

Thanks :)

Re: Defamation

Posted: Wed May 11, 2011 12:37 am
by bissey
I guess I found the answer (correct me if I'm wrong). Public figures do NOT have private lives (except for limited purpose ones), so it's also under Curtis/malice test.

Re: Defamation

Posted: Wed May 11, 2011 1:19 am
by bissey
oh, just realized a typo:

For private matter defamation about a public figure, what is the test?

:oops:

Re: Defamation

Posted: Wed May 11, 2011 1:53 am
by StyrofoamWar
bissey wrote:oh, just realized a typo:

For private matter defamation about a public figure, what is the test?

:oops:


Good luck finding an answer. The Supreme Court has yet to consider a case on this. Basically, it's up to us law students to come up with it ourselves on a test.