Interested in Language
If the word suspect is used in a statement,is it libellous.
but i suspect they were led by the other two.
Last edited by parsonsnose; 25-Nov-2010 at 19:51. Reason: Spelling mistake
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As the moderator said, only a lawyer can answer your question.
(1) Here in the United States, it is almost impossible to sue
successfully for libel. (I hear that it is relatively easy in
your country. I am always reading how your newspapers have to
pay money to famous people who sued them.)
(2) Since you used the verb "suspect," I guess (as an ordinary
person) that no American court would convict you of libel if
"the other two" sued you for slander. (Isn't slander when you
falsely say that someone beats his wife, and libel is when you
(3) Here in the United States, the newspapers & TV stations are
allowed to print and say an arrested person's name and show
his/her picture even before the court has made a decision as to
guilt or innocence. They defend themselves by using the
word "alleged." That is, Mr. X supposedly beat his wife. They cannot
say "Mr. X is a wife beater" before a court makes a decision, but they
can say, " Mr. X, the alleged wife beater, ..." Then Mr. X cannot
sue for libel.
(4) My dictionary says that "to suspect" means to believe. So if
you said, "I believe that they were led by the two others," I do
not think that an American court would find you guilty of slander.
Of course, I do not know.
(5) Maybe the safest course is:
Never say anything negative about anybody unless you have solid proof.
Thanks for taking the time to reply.
My opinion on this statement is:
To use the word suspect, is only an opinion based on what you think, not what you know,therefore i can't see how this is a libellous statement.
Like you i dont know for sure.
Thanks for your interesting points though