Wisconsin Libel & Slander Questions & Answers

Q: Can a judge deny expungement due to a failed drug test during probation?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Appeals / Appellate Law and Libel & Slander for Wisconsin on
Answered on Apr 19, 2018
William F Sulton Esq.'s answer
The law is that you must successfully complete your probation. That differs from whether you were revoked. But given that you were not revoked, I have question about why your case ended up back in front of a judge. Expungement is supposed to happen automatically when the clerk of court receives paperwork from the probation office. Because you were not revoked, I wonder why clerk of court did not expunge the record. It sounds like a mistake on the clerk's part.

Q: Can a family member compel me to share a recording of a private conversation with a now deceased family member?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Civil Rights and Libel & Slander for Wisconsin on
Answered on Apr 24, 2017
William F Sulton Esq.'s answer
Maybe. If the recording concerns the estate, it is probably discoverable. If not, then probably not. You can have the judge review the recording in camera (that means outside the presence of the parties to the case). That will solve the embarrassment concerns you have.

Q: Is this libel? "I would hate to see Mulligan Restorations butcher your historic home the way he butchered mine."

1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander for Wisconsin on
Answered on Apr 24, 2017
William F Sulton Esq.'s answer
In order to prevail on a defamation claim (written defamation is called libel; verbal defamation is called slander), the statements have to be false. If the statements are true, then it is not defamation. However, you likely signed a settlement agreement that has confidentiality and non-disparagement clauses. Your statement would be violation of those clauses.

Q: What are my rights against my boyfriend ex calling my job and telling lies to boss and police about me.

1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander for Wisconsin on
Answered on Oct 22, 2015
Robert Jason De Groot's answer
You want to know what your rights are. In order to find out what your rights are, you have to go have a full discussion with an attorney. Specifically, what lies were told? You have to know what was said in order to determine that it was a lie.

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