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My name is***** have over 16 years experience in the law. Should you like to chat on the phone I am happy to for a nominal cost. Let me know at any time during our question and answer session if you are interested I am happy to give you more details.Louisiana is one of a handful of states that makes defamation (which includes both libel and slander) a crime.So it is possible for a person to be arrested and prosecuted for defamation under RS 14:47 — DefamationPlease let me know if you have more questions. I am happy to help if I can. Otherwise, please rate the answer so I may get credit for my work.
sorry...what do you mean
does libel only work if it's directly addressed to someone?Can you give some context?
The elements of libel require the state prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, that the statement was made about the victim. It does not require the perpetrator "sign their name" to it. So it can be a crime if you say something on social media that is false and harms another.
Yes. If he lied about you and that harmed you? That would be considered libel. You can request the police prosecute the case
The law makes it a crime to post information that causes harm to others...so if you post something about him that is not true and he is harmed? You are guilty of a crime
it means to expose any person to hatred, contempt, or ridicule, or to deprive him of the benefit of public confidence or social intercourse
6 months in jail is max punishment
Hello. I see the original attorney opted out. In response to your last question, he has a lot more exposure for beating you up than causing you to be beat up. Also, I think the state would have a hard time showing that his posts on social media then led to him beating you up. Instead, it makes more sense to say that he is generally harassing you and that harassment escalated to actual physical violence and "gang" violence in the more literal sense (2 or more people assaulting you).
Libel harm is usually something like "Jane Doe posts on FB that her ex boyfriend ***** ***** raped her after giving her ecstasy on May 31, 2003." ***** ***** can show that he was fired from his job and failed background checks for new ones because of this FB posting. Jane Doe can defend against the charge with the truth. If she can establish that what she is posting is TRUE (this is per a jury not 100% without a doubt true) then she wins the libel charge. If, however, Jim shows he could not have raped her that night because he was 200 miles away that night in Aspen, complete with a speeding ticket showing he wasn't nearby -- then Jane would have some serious exposure.
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Then that is not libel but a factual dispute for a jury. Libel is usually not connected with a criminal assault or testimony.
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