Thursday, August 10, 2017

Law professor explains the inability to sue federal employees for defamation on the job; also, a note about Sharia law


Aziz Huq, a law professor at the University of Chicago, has an interesting op-ed Thursday August 10, 2017. “When government defames.”

The article discusses the lack of recourse for individuals in court who are defamed by government employees or agents in the course of doing their jobs. 

There is no constitutional protection of “reputation” (no less “online reputation”) as such. 

I am reminded of how back in the 1950s police could raid gay bars and publish the names of people arrested in the newspapers. 



Back in 2011, Huq had argued against and Oklahoma state constitutional amendment that would ban the use of Sharia law in the state (or any religious law), with logic similar to that concerning support for sanctuary cities today.  He also argues that such a provision could undermine normal civil contracts based on supplying food that meets particular religious requirements.  

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