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    Meaning

    If the word suspect is used in a statement,is it libellous.

    For example:

    but i suspect they were led by the other two.
    Last edited by parsonsnose; 25-Nov-2010 at 20:51. Reason: Spelling mistake

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    Re: Meaning

    Quote Originally Posted by parsonsnose View Post
    If the word suspect is used in a statement,is it libellous.

    For example:

    ...but I suspect they were led by the other two.
    Hello parsonsnose, welcome to the forums. I think you need the opinion of a lawyer for that.

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    Re: Meaning

    Quote Originally Posted by parsonsnose View Post
    If the word suspect is used in a statement,is it libellous.

    For example:

    but i suspect they were led by the other two.

    --- NOT A TEACHER !!! ---


    Parsonsnose,

    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

    write it???)

    (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.

    THANK YOU

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    Re: Meaning

    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

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