If multiple newspapers write that I'm being charged and they also wrote false stuff that another person told the police, can I sue for libel?well i helped my cousins wife from him beating her, i...

If multiple newspapers write that I'm being charged and they also wrote false stuff that another person told the police, can I sue for libel?

well i helped my cousins wife from him beating her, i ended up putting my hands threw a convenient store window trying to help her, i ended up with total of 32 stitches in my hands and a bad reputation cause my cousin told the police it had to do with drugs, when in fact it had nothing to do with that, i walked around the corner and saw him hitting her, thats what it was about, the paper reads that im getting 3 diffrent charges and it stats that it was about drugs, im so irratated about all this cause its totally false, 1 of my charges is supposilly public drunkness, when in fact i only had 1 drink that night, the police never gave me a bac test, so i dont see how i can be charged for that either, i just dont like to be bashed like this when all i was doing was trying to help a woman get beat up my a man, and i also have not spoke to the police or receive any mail containg charges, just going by what the paper reads, this offense happened dec 28th 2009

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pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

You would have to consult with a lawyer about the specifics of your case, but in general, it is very hard to win libel cases against newspapers (assuming you are in the United States).

It depends very much on what, exactly, the newspaper wrote amd what basis they had for writing it.  It's not the newspaper's fault if they print something that is false if they have reason to believe it is true.

If they wrote that you already had been charged you might win a case if you had not actually been charged.  But if they wrote that the police said you were going to be charged, then you will not be able to win anything so long as the police actually told them that.

If they printed what witnesses told the police, you are not likely to win a suit as long as they just say "here's what the witnesses told the police."  They're not saying it's true, they're saying that's what was said.

No one on here can tell you what your chances actually are because we do not have the actual newspaper article that you are saying is libelous.

johnnyboy30 | Student

thank u for all your help, the paper does say that i was charged, when still in fact i havent received anything

superleftist | Student

Anything about you in print that is not the truth is considered "libel."  However, whether you want to file a lawsuit over it is up to you and the lawyer who is willing/able to represent you.

johnnyboy30 | Student

thank u, i dont actually have the nespaper in front of me, so not exactly sure the exact wording