Madison wrote:StlSluggers wrote:I know what you're saying, Mad, but I think what has me baffled is this paragraph:Ward, who is married, had sexual encounters with the 14- and 15-year-old boys at various locations, including in the school, at a motel, in a park and behind a restaurant, from December to this month, according to arrest warrants.
Generally, I would have expected it to have said, "Ward, who is married, is accused of having sexual encounters..."
I mean, that's how I would write it. If taken out of context, that paragraph could been seen as an assertion of fact, and that could lead to legal problems.
Again, it's the "according to arrest warrants" part of that paragraph. If they left that out, then sure, there's a chance of slander. All they are doing is reporting what's in the arrest warrants, and since it's noted, there is no problem.
That would actually be libel, and in any event it would need to be false, which doesn't seem likely.