VOLOKH at mail.law.ucla.edu
Mon Jun 19 11:16:44 PDT 2000
. . .
[Ian] Lake[, a high school student,] put up a
profanity-laced home page in
early May that, among other things, called several
female classmates "sluts," referred to one school
official as the "town drunk" and questioned the
competency of some faculty members. On May
18, Beaver County sheriff's deputies arrested him
and seized his computer, sending it to the state
crime lab for analysis.
The teen spent the next seven nights in a
juvenile detention facility in Cedar City, then was
sent to Southern California to live with his
grandparents. Charges of criminal slander and
criminal libel, both class B misdemeanors, were
recommended to Beaver County Attorney Leo
Kanell says Lake has not yet been formally
charged and that the slander count probably will
be thrown out because it involves verbal, not
written, defamation. But the boy could face a
criminal libel charge when he returns from
California to appear for a juvenile court hearing
Tuesday in Beaver. If Lake is indicted, it would
mark Utah's first libel case involving the Internet.
. . .
The most recent prominent criminal libel case in
Utah was in 1987 when then-Salt Lake County
Attorney Ted Cannon was convicted for slurs he
made about a reporter. He served 30 days in jail.
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