Zayo Extortion

William Herrin bill at
Wed Aug 17 02:13:36 UTC 2016

On Tue, Aug 16, 2016 at 7:11 PM, Jonathan Hall <jhall at> wrote:
> if I’m not mistaken (don’t worry, I’m not) - this doesn’t count
>  as ‘slander’ in any way, shape or form.


Technically you're right, but not for the reason you think. Slander is
verbal defamation. Libel is written defamation. The original poster
has potentially exposed himself to a libel suit.

> This mail thread is not any kind of valid FCC controlled or public
> communications device, as the internet was actually excluded from
> the public communications device list under the Freedom of Speech
> Act in… Was it, 1996? Which means, ‘slander’ can’t be called in
> this case. You could argue that it can, but you’d lose in court in the long run.

There is no such thing as the "Freedom of Speech Act" in 1996 or any
other year, and the FCC does not have the authority to nor has it
involved itself in the regulation of speech in any medium.

> If you’re aiming for the defamation card? That’s a very difficult one to prove.

It's actually very, very simple. Did the defendant allege one or more
facts about the plaintiff? Did the the alleged facts injure the
plaintiff's reputation? Did the defendant prove that the alleged facts
are true? Yes, Yes, No = liable for cash damages.

Bill Herrin

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