Sunday, February 22, 2009

Definition of the Day

As a favor to someone...

slander

A type of defamation. Slander is an untruthful oral (spoken) statement about a person that harms the person's reputation or standing in the community. Because slander is a tort (a civil wrong), the injured person can bring a lawsuit against the person who made the false statement. If the statement is made via broadcast media -- for example, over the radio or on TV -- it is considered libel, rather than slander, because the statement has the potential to reach a very wide audience.

3 comments:

Tim and Louie said...

Hmm, so I guess that I should be able to bring a case of slander against the "Yes on Prop. 8" committee in California.

Their entire campaign was nothing but slander against an entire minority group.

GDad said...

Yeah. I don't know how well that would fly, though.

Bill said...

Does inner-neck slander automatically become libel because of the potential for a very wide audience? Or, if I can prove that only two people read my blog, is the charge still slander?