Who was john peter zenger and why was he accused of libel? what was the def of libel in 1735?

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    John Peter Zenger was a New York printer and publisher. In 1732, Zenger was accused of libel over material he published in his "New York Weekly Journal", though the articles did not originate from Zenger himself. He was brought to court by Governor Crosby, who was personally offended by the articles.

    Zenger was later aquited on the charges. His case is considered very important in the history of American free speech.

    I'm not sure what your second question is. I suspect you are asking what was cited as the defense of libel in this trial. "Truth" was declared to be the defense of libel. This is opposed to the English tradition of law where "the greater the truth, the greater the libel." The court in Zenger's case reasoned otherwise.

    If you'd like to learn more about Zenger's trial, try this website:

    http://www.law.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/z...

    Hope this helps.

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