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Old 09-15-2017, 09:07 PM   #1
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Default Using the word "Thief."

So I got into an argument with a person online over what is and what is not defamation in Ohio.

Are the following examples likely to be considered defamation or not.

If a person said "I don't know if Bill is a thief," OR "perhaps Bill is, or, is not a thief. I really have no idea."

Would those examples be defamation? ? Thanks for reading.
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Old 09-16-2017, 03:39 AM   #2
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Default Re: Using the word "Thief."

I wish to inform you that the context in which such a statement is made will be taken into consideration. Generally such a statement cannot be regarded as defamation because person is presenting an opinion and further statement does not refer to person as thief. Statement shows that person was asked and in reply person had stated that he does not have such information and thus may not be regarded as defamation.

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So I got into an argument with a person online over what is and what is not defamation in Ohio.

Are the following examples likely to be considered defamation or not.

If a person said "I don't know if Bill is a thief," OR "perhaps Bill is, or, is not a thief. I really have no idea."

Would those examples be defamation? ? Thanks for reading.

That is not defamatory.
A person needs to make a false statement that harms the individual. Opinions, questions, possible issues etc are not defamatory.

EG the statement "John is a thief and stole 300 dollars" IS defamatory if John never stole anything.
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