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Ihaave a question about defamation of character. What does it consist of and how to prove?

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Oh, Florida, Charlotte County.

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None. I'm 62 years old, on my own with a pschopathic downstairs neighbor. I have become afraid of her.

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Lawyer: Andrew, Lawyer replied 2 months ago

Defamation of character is a false statement of fact which is communicated to a 3rd party. This can either be done verbally (slander) or in writing (libel). Evidence of either is proven showing that the statement is false either by witness testimony or other contradictory evidence. The defense to defamation is proving the complained of statement to be true. Once you show that the statement is false it shifts the burden to the defendant to show that it is true.

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