FOX’S LIBEL ACT

Fox’s Libel Act. Hist. A 1792 statute that gave the jury in a libel prosecution the right of rendering a guilty or not-guilty verdict on the whole matter in issue. ? The jury was no longer bound to find the defendant guilty if it found that the defendant had in fact published the allegedly libelous statement. The Act empowered juries to decide whether the defendant’s statement conformed to the legal standard for libel.
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