Morkus from Orkus
Civil fraud is listed on Wikipedia as:
Even if there's not way to win the cases, that's what a bunch of the media and politicians do all the time about scientific things.
- Somebody misrepresents a material fact in order to obtain action or forbearance by another person;
- The other person relies upon the misrepresentation; and
- The other person suffers injury as a result of the act or forbearance taken in reliance upon the misrepresentation.
You have to prove that they knew it was false. They could believe what they say. Then you have to prove that they wanted you to rely upon it, rather than just telling you what they think. Then they have to rely on it. Then they have to suffer damages, and being misinformed isn't a damage.
Nope. They can be stopped a number of non-violent ways. If someone mistakes their intent and does violence... The courts give fairly wide latitude because that sort of thing. You have to be very clearly trying to get them to do violence.It kind of feels like when someone tells their 50 million twitter followers that <group x> is doing <horrible things> and needs to be stopped, that they are actually trying to get them to do violence. It's just that it's all legally fine and dandy to incite a crapton more people to a lesser degree, and get the equivalent terrorist effect.