Is the posting of excerpts from a court documents on a public forum legal, if one also posts the court and case number.

Asked over 2 years ago - Vancouver, WA

Specifically, can the party involved in the court case sue the poster for defamation, claiming that the poster made the words of the document his own.

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  1. John Robert Sauter

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    Answered . Truth is a complete defense to actions for defamation, such as libel. Additionally, most court records are publicly available documents. So long as the poster did not modify any of the information, a suit for defamation against the poster would not likely be successful.

  2. J Charles Ferrari

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    Answered . Yes, one can post excepts from a court document as long as that document is not sealed. There would be no defamation in this case.

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  3. Christian K. Lassen II

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    Answered . Truth is a complete defense for defamation.

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