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Are the slander and defamation laws against free speech and therefore unconstitutional?

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June 13, 2015 3:53AM

No, these laws are constitutional. If the Freedom of Speech in the United States were absolute, then yes, slander and defamation laws would be unconstitutional. However, the US Supreme Court has interpreted the Freedom of Speech to be limited in certain, very narrow ways and one of those ways is when Freedom of Speech has the effect to strongly injure a person's reputation, is effected for that purpose, and is not in a legitimate form of criticism.