Thanks for the chance to help. I am an attorney with over 12 years experience. Hopefully I can help you with your legal question.
This would be a tough case to bring for several reasons.Defamation
is defined as a false statement communicated to another person that damages your reputation by exposing you to hatred, contempt, or ridicule from other people. Slander is defamation by oral or spoken communication.
There are a number of defenses to the charge of defamation. Most notable is the defense of privilege. A person may have spoken or written the words about you in a privileged way, that is, the law allows certain people to say certain things in certain places without fear of being charged with defamation. For example, public officials, such as city council members, performing their official duties may be protected by the privilege, as are people making statements in judicial or legislative proceedings.
Also, "opinions" are NOT defamation...they are opinions.
So here, the evaluator is, I assume a state employee
, is making an in court statement, as required by her job, stating an opinion.
You will not be able to sue successfully for this.
Sorry to have to bear bad news
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