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  •  Hey lawyers out there, a question... (7+ / 0-)

    At what point are the lies in an attack ad actionable? Dole has a voice impersonator pretending to be Hagan, saying "There is no God" at the end of the ad--I realize "intent" is notoriously hard to prove, but if any reasonable person would assume that the voice is Hagan, is that legally slanderous?

    (I'm not saying it would be a good idea, politically, to sue Dole. I'm just wondering how baldly a politician can lie in an ad without opening himself/herself up to legal consequences.)

    •  For the last 33 years, Liddy Dole has... (5+ / 0-)

      spent every night sleeping in the same bed with Bob Dole.  Hasn't she been punished enough?

      You can lead a Republican to the facts, but you can't make him think.

      by Greasy Grant on Thu Oct 30, 2008 at 12:51:11 PM PDT

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    •  Since Hagan (3+ / 0-)
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      is a public figure, the Sullivan test would apply, and that's very hard to meet. Basically she'd have to prove that the creator of the ad (and I believe this was either the NRSC or a 527, not the Dole campaign) actually knew that it was false and went with it in order to damage Hagan's overall reputation (not just make her lose the election).

      Note: IANAL

      I do like conducting hearings in an actual hearing room -- John Conyers

      by ebohlman on Thu Oct 30, 2008 at 02:03:22 PM PDT

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