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Jane Usher Threatens Mulholland Terrace


MT quoted a comment at the Times' site--Jane Usher threatens MT with "an actionable tort"...



Dear Mulholland Terrace --
Our country's slander and libel laws are not my expertise. However, I think I've got it right when I tell you that if you "publish" a slanderous statement, you have committed an actionable tort. Your communication is not protected by the fact that you preface it by saying that someone else reported the lie first. Each publication of the slander is its own offense. And an accusation of drinking too much is one of those few statements that is automatically slanderous if untrue. As an old City Hall department head, you probably know this already.
I work for Carmen Trutanich. He does not drink to excess and his recent hospitalization was not alcohol related. Assuming that you care most about the truth and honor, I recommend that you use the same forum you used to slander the City Attorney to retract and apologize for your slander (which you can do without repeating the slander a second time).
Jane Usher


Original GPWist item here!