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Michael Buchanan is a practicing criminal defense attorney in Gainesville, Florida, with more than 25 years experience defending people accused of criminal misconduct. He is a former president of the Eighth Judicial Circuit chapter of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He is a member of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Read detailed professional biography here.
Blog entries tagged in libel
On this day, November 17, in the year 1734, John Peter Zenger was arrested for seditious libel and held in jail for ten months before his case went to trial. Alexander Hamilton represented him and despite heavy pressure from the colonial Governor's judges, was found not guilty. This case was important for setting a precedent of freedom of the press before America became an independent nation, even in criminal cases.