As a litigator, a large part of Daliah Saper’s practice at Saper Law centers on cases involving defamation and slander. On January 19, 2010, Chicago Public Radio, WBEZ 91.5 FM, invited Daliah Saper and Geoffrey Stone, a professor of law at the University of Chicago, to be guest speakers on the topic of political slander. Defamation in Political Campaigns.
The discussion question presented by WBEZ related to the barrage of arguably defamatory campaign advertisements being disseminated in anticipation of the February 2, 2010 primaries. Specifically, WBEZ wanted to know: When do statements made in the context of an election rise to the level of actionable defamation? For example, would Illinois Congressman, Mark Kirk, have a good defamation case against opposing candidate Andy Martin for Martin’s ads proclaiming that: “there is a solid rumour that Kirk is a homosexual.”? Similarly, what is the chance that Dorothy Brown, Democratic candidate for Cook County Board president, will win her recently filed defamation lawsuit against Metropolitan Water Reclamation District President Terrence O’Brien? Brown is claiming 1.25 million in damages for this statement: “Ethically challenged Dorothy Brown forced employees to give her cash gifts.”
As speakers on WBEZ’s Eight Forty-Eight program, Daliah and Geoffrey provided WBEZ listeners with a short lesson in defamation law and discussed how to analyze potentially defamatory statements made in the context of a political campaign. You can listen to the interview here.
If you have questions about defamation law as it relates to public figures, celebrites, or just regular businesses and individuals, contact Saper Law at 312.527.4100 or email us directly using the contact form.