[FoRK] defamation: US vs. UK

Justin Mason < jm at jmason.org > on > Thu Aug 3 03:39:31 PDT 2006

It makes life easier for those who may be more often slandered, than
slandering.

That set of people maps neatly onto the set of people with the power to
bring about changes in the law.

--j.

Dave Long writes:
> Interesting difference between the US and the UK:
> 
> Under neither system can one be slandered by a true statement, but in 
> the UK it is the burden of the accused to prove their words, and in the 
> US, the burden of the accuser to discredit them.
> 
> The latter is consistent with presumption of innocence; is there any 
> explanation beyond tradition for the former?
> 
> -Dave
> 
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