Prepare a 1,400 word response to the
questions that follow this case study.
Steve recently joined a church. Church doctrine
required that members reveal any personal indiscretions to the leaders of the
church. Steve disclosed some of his personal indiscretions to the leaders of
the church. After his disclosures, these leaders informed Steve that they
intended to tell other members of the church about his indiscretions because
they thought the church leaders might help him overcome his problems. Steve was
dismayed that this personal information might be disclosed. He told the church
leaders about his intention to leave the church rather than have his problems
disclosed. The church leaders informed him that their next step was to tell the
members of the church, his neighbors, and his employer about his problems.
This case study is
an example of the balance between First Amendment rights and freedom of religion.
Based on this case study, examine Steve’s rights in terms of libel and the
invasion of privacy torts by addressing the following issues and questions.
Which of the four privacy torts are involved with
regard to this case? Is this a case of libel?
Does the expectation of privacy apply to the facts
in the case?
Discuss the defenses to the tort of libel and the
privacy torts regarding Steve’s lawsuit.
Is there a legal difference in disclosing personal
indiscretions to church elders, to members of the church, or to members of the
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