2 U.S. 58 (____)

2 Dall. 58


Supreme Court of United States.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Serjeant, for the plaintiff.

The President delivered the opinion of the Court, in the following terms.

SHIPPEN, President.

The sense in which words are received by the world, is the sense which Courts of Justice ought to ascribe to them, on the trial of actions for slander. Slander imports an injury; and the injury must arise from the manner in which the slanderous language is understood.

The words, in the present case, certainly import a crimes, and the inuendo (which the Jury...

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