The justification of the sting of a libel is sufficient even if it does not extend to every epithet or detail in the words complained of.
Held: ‘As much must be justified as meets the sting of the charge, and if anything be contained in the charge, which does not add to the sting of it, that need not be justified.’
(1824) 1 Bing 403
England and Wales
Cited – Basham v Gregory and Little Brown and Co CA 2-Jul-1998
The defendant sought a retrial of his action for defamation.
Held: The judge’s directions on meaning as to the respective contentions was correct, and also the allocation of the burden of proof. Whilst the court had reservations about the . .
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Updated: 03 August 2022; Ref: scu.185255