Guilty Until Proven Innocent: The Tort of Defamation

21/05/2014 19:12

Defamation laws are an historical relic of the age of nobility and reflect an exact inversion of the core tenet of western jurisprudence, that a defendant is innocent until proven guilty. They retain their historical roots by remaining almost exclusively the tool of the rich and powerful to squelch criticism by the poor and powerless.

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