The Truth, The Lies, and the Ugly By Josh Brown, Esq.
Josh Brown is an attorney at Cassone Law Offices, LLC. where he represents dozens of small businesses throughout Ohio as business counsel and litigator.
efamation is not protected by “free speech” and the First Amendment. Some people learn that the hard way. Let’s say a wealthy drug-dealer buys some property near your tow-shop. If that wasn’t bad enough, let’s say you discover that drug dealer applied to the local zoning commission for a permit to dispose of hazardous waste on his property. What would you do? Perhaps you show up at the zoning commission meeting and protest. Perhaps you would gather a group of other people in the community to do the same. And let’s say you get the zoning commissioners on your side—they rule in your favor? What do you think the drug dealer would do? Perhaps the drug dealer declares a
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political war on you. He starts a website. He gets local media involved, maybe even pays them off. He recruits local people to join in. How does he motivate all these people? Perhaps he tells your customers that you are corrupt and about to lose your business. He tells your suppliers that you were drinking and driving, cheating on your spouse, and that you stole money from the government. When you go to apply for a concealed carry permit, he tells everybody that you are “arming up” and that you are a danger to the community. When you help your elderly neighbor move some boxes out of his house, the drug dealer takes pictures of it and tells the world that you are clearly and obviously selling drugs.