I am a borough councilman and I was wondering if I can sue another councilman for threatening me?

Answered on Nov 21, 2010

Even if there are defamatory or slanderous comments, you should also know that there is immunity for comments made during the course and scope of legislative action. Similarly there is high ranking official immunity, for offices that are more executive in character.

There are a number of variables such as, were comments made during the course of a meeting, how direct where they and is there any legitimate legislative purpose for the comments. It usually takes something particularly strong, particularly false and particularly outside of the legislative scope for the courts to find someone liable. Courts seem to go a long way to protect officials in speaking their mind and in removing inhabitations they may otherwise have to engage in full and frank debate.

Timothy P. Brennan, Esq.
Croslis & Brennan Law Office
2030 Tilghman Street, Suite 203
Allentown, PA 18104