My name is Lucy and I'd be happy to answer your questions today. I'm sorry to hear that this happened.
If your son is an adult, he would need to file his own lawsuit to protect his reputation. That may be why you're not finding an attorney to accept the case for you. You unfortunately cannot do it for him. If he's a minor, then you can file as next friend on his behalf.
Defamation requires an untrue statement of fact that tends to harm the reputation of the person about whom the statement is made. A statement that someone committed a crime is considered defamation per se - it will be presumed that his reputation suffered as a result. The problem is, because of the First Amendment, there is a higher burden of proof
when the defendant is a newspaper. That means that, to prove the case, you'll need evidence that the reporter knew that the statement was not true, or that he exhibited a knowing and reckless disregard of whether the statement was true or false. That can be difficult to establish, which could require that you request information from the other party.
We unfortunately are not able to recommend specific attorneys. However, the Georgia Bar Referral Service may be able to help.
Alternatively, if you search for a defamation attorney on www.martindale.com
, you may be able to find someone on your geographic area.
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