Trenton, NJ asked in Libel & Slander for New Jersey

Q: Is it libel to say someone has been accused of a crime, when you are the accuser?

If you publicly say someone has been "accused" of a crime, and you are the accuser, can that be libel if it is true that you are accusing them of a crime? For example, if I say "X has been accused of committing murder" then it is a true statement because I made the accusation. If it is a true statement it can't be libel, correct? Is this different from making the outright statement that the person actually committed the crime? How do libel laws look upon this?

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H. Scott Aalsberg
H. Scott Aalsberg
  • East Brunswick, NJ
  • Licensed in New Jersey

A: You would need to pay a lawyer for a consultation on the law as this website allows you to ask question but it is not a legal service provider where you can get or be give specific answers. However in general if some is accused of a crime it generally means they were charged by the police.

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