This could be viewed as a collision between the freedom of speech and untrue words. Although we have some protections to our freedoms of speech, religion, and press under the first amendment, the use of untrue printed words (libel) or damaging spoken words (slander) that cause harm to a name, a reputation, or serve to diminish someone’s strength of character could result in a need for representation in a matter of defamation.
In addition, the widespread use of social media like You-tube and Twitter opens the door to an even greater risk that individuals, of even minor age, could be victimized by the written assessment, or the emotional ranting’s of another, causing distress, emotional injury, and suffering.
Your freedoms related to religious expression under the first amendment may result in a need to dispute the circumstances you are facing. If you think you have been a victim of defamation, or if you believe that your right to freedom of speech or religion has been compromised, call Steinbacher, Goodall & Yurchak. Attorney Kathleen Yurchak is available to meet with you to discuss the circumstances that concern you, and guide you to the best course of action to alleviate your problem. Contact us at 814-237-4100 to discuss the merit of your potential claim