And since she consented to testify in front of Congress( remember, she wasn't forced to testify ), she accepted becoming a limited-public figure, which limits her ability to sue for defamation. A public figure, of which she would be considered(see definition below), must show actual malice was intended, which is nearly impossible.
She falls under this category because she went before Congress of her own accord, and based on the amount of media coverage, and appearance on the View to boot, she has access to the media to get her own view across.A public figure is someone who has actively sought, in a given matter of public interest, to influence the resolution of the matter. In addition to the obvious public figures—a government employee, a senator, a presidential candidate—someone may be a limited-purpose public figure. A limited-purpose public figure is one who (a) voluntarily participates in a discussion about a public controversy, and (b) has access to the media to get his or her own view across. One can also be an involuntary limited-purpose public figure—for example, an air traffic controller on duty at time of fatal crash was held to be an involuntary, limited-purpose public figure, due to his role in a major public occurrence.
Last edited by Samhain; 03-11-12 at 04:39 PM.
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