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Scheff V Bock mock trial/ Bock prevailed!
« on: December 11, 2013, 04:22:25 PM »
I am attending college in Florida. In my Tort class we were asked to find a tort case and retry it. I chose Scheff V Bock. I was one of the attorney's for Bock. We decided to leave out the Katrina situation and use what information we could gather to try the case. It was a really great case and Bock was found not libel for defamation against Sue Scheff. Personally I feel based on all the facts this is the correct outcome. Scheff was definitely a limited purpose public figure. Anyway, there were a lot of factors that helped us prevail; the same factors Bock would have had if she had been able to show her side.

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Re: Scheff V Bock mock trial/ Bock prevailed!
« Reply #1 on: December 11, 2013, 08:37:59 PM »
Lot of folks thought Mrs. Bock got screwed in that trial. I still tend to think that if she had made her court date and everything had been kosher on both sides, she would have steam rolled Sue in court.

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Re: Scheff V Bock mock trial/ Bock prevailed!
« Reply #2 on: December 16, 2013, 02:55:20 PM »
I am attending college in Florida. In my Tort class we were asked to find a tort case and retry it. I chose Scheff V Bock. I was one of the attorney's for Bock. We decided to leave out the Katrina situation and use what information we could gather to try the case. It was a really great case and Bock was found not libel for defamation against Sue Scheff. Personally I feel based on all the facts this is the correct outcome. Scheff was definitely a limited purpose public figure. Anyway, there were a lot of factors that helped us prevail; the same factors Bock would have had if she had been able to show her side.

I think she might have been able to win even if SS was not a limited purpose public figure (though she clearly was).  What she said, in context, was not libel per-se.  It was opinion.  "Crook" was a rhetorical outburst.  It meant SS was dishonest, not that she had committed any actual crime.  What do you think?

Did you check out Cannon v. Mathis in your research?
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