COM 440 Week 3 Individual Assignment Invasion of Privacy and Libel Case Study Recent
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COM 440 Week 3 Individual Assignment Invasion of Privacy and Libel Case Study NEW
Prepare a 1,400- to 1,700-word response to the questions that follow this case study.
Steve recently joined a church. Church doctrine required that members reveal any personal indiscretions to the leaders of the church. Steve disclosed some of his personal indiscretions to the leaders of the church. After his disclosures, these leaders advised Steve that they intended to tell other members of the church about his indiscretions because they thought that the church leaders might help him overcome his problems. Steve was shocked and dismayed that this personal information might be disclosed publicly. He told the church leaders about his intention to leave the church rather than have his problems disclosed publicly. The church leaders denied his request to resign, and informed him that their next step was to tell the members of the church, his neighbors, and his employer about his problems.
This case study is a good example of the balance between First Amendment rights versus freedom of religion. Based on this case study, examine Steve’s rights in terms of Libel and the various Invasion of Privacy Torts by addressing the issues and questions below in your response.
Which of the four privacy torts do you think are specifically involved with regard to this case? Is this libel?
Does the expectation of privacy apply to the facts in the case?
Consider the defenses to the tort of libel and the privacy torts regarding his lawsuit.
Is there a legal difference in disclosing personal indiscretions to other elders, to members of the church, or to members of the public?
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