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libel

1. Law
a. the publication of defamatory matter in permanent form, as by a written or printed statement, picture, etc.
b. the act of publishing such matter
2. Ecclesiastical law a claimant's written statement of claim
3. Scots law the formal statement of a charge
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1) Walter Block, Defending the Undefendable: The Pimp, Prostitute, Scab, Slumlord, Libeler, Moneylender and Other Scapegoats in the Rogue's Gallery of American Society (Auburn, AL: Ludwig von Mises Institute, 2008).
Defending the Undefendable: The Pimp, Prostitute, Scab, Slumlord, Libeler, Moneylender, and Other Scapegoats in the Rogue's Gallery of American Society.
Although the fact of Fern's membership in the illustrious Willis family was the greatest single disclosure of the book, the book's unidentified libeler addresses his subject almost exclusively as "Fern," or "Fanny," signaling from the start his aim to discredit her professional, as opposed to private, identity.
As the Norfolk libeler put it, "Necessity hath no law.