Chief Justice Barak claimed that two relevant changes had occurred in the four values and interests that were at stake in criminal libel
cases since Borochov was decided.
23) And challenges to these laws are likely to arise under the overbreadth doctrine, since modern criminal libel
prosecutions are often brought over completely false, unprotected libelous speech, where overbreadth is the defendant's only means of escaping punishment.
Typically, when an incident occurs that gives rise to criminal libel
charges, journalists offer their traditional commentary lamenting the antiquated statute's offensiveness to free speech and point to the fact that most states no longer have such laws.
It used to be thought that a distinctive feature of, and indeed the primary justification for, criminal libel
was that it was available only where publication was likely to provoke a breach of the peace, but the House of Lords has held that the actual test is whether the libel is 'sufficiently serious to justify, in the public interest, the institution of criminal proceedings'.
The charges come after the Utah Supreme Court unanimously ruled last month that an 1875 criminal libel
statue, under which Lake was also charged, was overly broad and unconstitutional.
Brennan warned that criminal libel
laws are constitutional only if truthful criticism of public officials remains protected.
Repeal of the criminal libel
provisions will strengthen the country's media freedom," said Mijatovi?
And when theWestern Mail published a mock epitaph for the statue on July 24, 1886, by a local solicitor, Thomas Henry Ensor, he and the paper's editor Lascelles Carr were prosecuted for criminal libel
As far as I am concerned reference to a criminal investigation is futile since criminal libel
was abolished some years ago.
1895: Oscar Wilde took the Marquess of Queensbury to court on a criminal libel
Nelson, of Parkfield Walk, Aston, had denied criminal libel
and putting someone in fear of violence by harassment.
15 to strike down the state's criminal libel
law as unconstitutionally overbroad.
He influenced the election of presidents, served briefly in Congress, engaged in nonstop crusading, surrounded himself with some of the foremost writers of the age (Nellie Bly and Theodore Dreiser, among others), was unsuccessfully prosecuted for criminal libel
by Theodore Roosevelt, and raised the money that brought the Statue of Liberty to New York.
Alleged Committee member and prominent Belfast solicitor Richard Monteith filed a criminal libel
action against Executive Producer Sean McPhilemy for statements he allegedly made about Monteith in a BBC interview about the program in August 1992.
They were forced to apologise and retract the allegation after Goldsmith sued them for criminal libel
and tried to get the Eye's editor imprisoned.