Defending Professors in a Defamation Lawsuit

TitleDefending Professors in a Defamation Lawsuit
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication1995
AuthorsLadenson, R
Corporate Authorsof Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions, IIT
Date Published03/1995
PublisherCenter for the Study of Ethics in the Professions, Illinois Institute of Technology
Publication Languageeng
KeywordsAcademic , Academic Ethics , education , freedom , FREEDOM of speech
AbstractDavid C. Raskin, a professor of psychology at the University of Utah, faced a 1 million dollar lawsuit filed against him after he spoke before a local chapter of the False Memory Syndrome Foundation in June of 1992. During his speech, Dr. Raskin questioned the competence and qualifications of a Salt Lake City psychologist who has become well known in Utah for arguing that repressed memory in cases of grave sexual abuse has occurred. The psychologist sued Dr. Raskin for defamation, but the University refused to defend Dr. Raskin, saying that he acted as a private citizen in giving the speech and not as a university employee
NotesCase from the 1995 Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl
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