[ExI] Justice Thomas wants the presadent to be able to sue for Libel
atymes at gmail.com
Wed Feb 20 17:27:24 UTC 2019
On Wed, Feb 20, 2019 at 9:16 AM John Clark <johnkclark at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Wed, Feb 20, 2019 at 11:53 AM Adrian Tymes <atymes at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Does he intend to make truth no longer an absolute defense?
>> Not that everything bad that's written about Trump is true. Just most of it.
> I don't care if it's true or not, no politician (and certainly not the presadent!!!) should be able to sue for libel. If they don't like that then they shouldn't get into politics. In fact I'm very uncomfortable with the very idea of anybody suing for libel. Yes sometimes a injustice will occur because of something false that somebody said, but if government tries to correct that by getting into the truth determining business it would create far more problems than it would solve. Perfect justice is the enemy of good justice.
Eh...keep in mind the purpose. There have been blatantly false
allegations of specific politicians doing specific criminal activity
which have resulted in demonstrable harm. Pizzagate, for example,
though Trump has alleged enough false things that it is at least
considerable that he should be sued for libel and given a court order
to stop lying about things material to government policy - but that
may be an order he is psychologically incapable of complying with.
That said, Trump (along with everybody else) should not be able to
successfully sue for libel over things that were true when they were
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