Anti-Defamation Legacy Law Advocates – AdLLaw Initiative

18 Jul

AdLLaw Initiative Photo Card (1)

WE are asking the U.S. Senate to adopt and support The Anti-Defamation Legacy Law Initiative (AdLLaw) (pronounced Ad-Law).  The Initiative’s goal is simple.  It is meant to bring about legislation which will include the deceased among those who, when defamed, can have the same legal protection by giving their family a statute upon which to base a civil cause of action.  We see this law as any other; a possible deterrent for most and a tool for the more serious offenders.

Originally we thought to start with California. The California Courts Judicial Council created a draft Initiative.  Although, prepared for California, the language of the document clearly states our intention. A MoveOn.Org petition has been created, hoping to show our political leaders this is something the people wish to see happen.  We hope it will make deciding to adopt or support the proposed legislation a bipartisan effort.

There is a long list of decedents who have been egregiously defamed throughout history. Trayvon Martin and Michael Jackson are but the latest victims of defamation. Trayvon’s character is determined by gold teeth caps, a hoodie, his age and ethnicity.  His legacy becomes a death made mockery for profit and agenda using a shooting range target and garment created for ridicule, and ratings by way of a death scene photo. 

We are all familiar with the level of unfair media attention heaped upon Michael Jackson in the past; there is no need to reiterate it here. Journalists hid behind freedom of speech in an attempt to destroy Michael Jackson for entertainment and profit. Michael Jackson devoted his life to demonstrating love. He encouraged us to change the world. There is no better way to honor Michael than to make positive changes wherever we can. One of the ways we can make an important difference is to work for a law to be passed that makes it illegal to defame the dead. 

The freedom of speech is a right that we all enjoy in the United States, and to lose any part of that freedom would be a travesty. However, with freedom comes responsibility. Each of us has a duty to be honest, fair, and balanced in what we say. Journalists, those from whom the masses get their information, should he held to an even higher standard. It is ugly enough to attack someone while they are here, but to continue to promote old lies, innuendo, and hate once they can no longer speak for themselves is reprehensible.

It is because of these men such as Trayvon Martin and Michael Jackson that we decided to turn this into a National effort, finding the longer it is delayed the worse the situation becomes. We believe the AdLLaw Initiative is important.  We hold dear our First Amendment rights, but there is nothing in our Constitution about slander being a right or an acceptable example to set for our children.

We were working to have California Civil Code §§ 44-48 revise the definition of who can be defamed to include “a natural person whether living or dead”.  An initiative measure was been written by the Judicial Counsel (Initiative: Libel or Slander: Decedents – #1212737).

The proposed statutory written for the Anti-Defamation Legacy Law Advocates by the California Legislative Counsel on July 13, 2012

Diane F. Boyer-Vine, Legislative Counsel

By: Aliza Rachel Kaliski, Deputy Legislative Counsel

The proposed statutory:

SECTION 1. Section 44 of the Civil Code is amended to read:

44. (a) Defamation is effected by either of the following:


(1) Libel.


(2) Slander.

(b) (1) Defamation of a person may occur whether that person is living or deceased.

(2) An action for defamation of a deceased person may be brought by any individual who would be entitled to succeed to any portion of the deceased person’s estate that passes under Chapter I (commencing with Section 6400) of Part 2 of Division 6 of the Probate Code, or its successor. A defamation action shall not be brought for defamation of a deceased person occurring more than 70 years after the death of the person.

SEC. 2. This measure may be amended to further its purposes by a statute, passed in each house of the Legislature by rollcall vote entered in the journal, two-thirds of the membership concurring, and signed by the Govemor.

AdLLaw Initiative Petition to U.S. Senate and President

Posted by: The Ant-Defamation Legacy Law Advocates


Posted by on July 18, 2013 in Advocacy, Initiatives


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21 responses to “Anti-Defamation Legacy Law Advocates – AdLLaw Initiative

  1. Sheryl Wilder

    July 18, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    That graphic is so well composed. It speaks volumes! The “bookend” photos of Trayvon Martin and Michael Jackson grab the attention, and then the pictures in the middle reinforce the message. Well done, my friends! This gives me chills to think how far this is going!

    • MJ Brookins

      July 18, 2013 at 4:46 pm

      Thank you Sheryl Wilder. Tomorrow the FEDERAL petition will be LIVE.


    July 20, 2013 at 9:16 am

    Reblogged this on ALL THINGS MICHAEL! ♥.

  3. Patricia Young

    July 20, 2013 at 11:16 am

    I love that this is now not just a CA initiative, but a more far reaching one, as the graphic suggest. This is a law that should be passed–it is long over-due. When I listened to Sean Hannity denigrating the character of Trayvon Martin, the victim in the George Zimmerman trial, I thought of this proposed law. Of course we all know that Michael Jackson, before and after his death, has long been a target of the greedy faux “friends” and the unscrupulous media. This law is indeed what is needed to protect the legacy of the dead since they cannot speak for themselves. Thanks for all the dedicated work of this wonderful group.

  4. Sindele Mary Jane

    July 20, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    I am so proud to be a part of this. MJ Brookins you are an Angel.

    • Cadeflaw

      July 20, 2013 at 3:13 pm

      We are happy to have your support Sindele. Thank you for posting and for the support you give.

  5. Barb

    July 20, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    Let’s pray this initiative comes to fruition!

  6. Waheedabee

    July 22, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    Thank u Mary,praying for this project to come true,God works miracle,keep the faith,much love n good luck

  7. Waheedabee

    July 22, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    Proud to b part of this project,God bless u Mary.

  8. davina mcdonald

    July 27, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    Awesome ♥

  9. Jackie Coble

    July 27, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    This was SO needed!!! Very well done!!! 🙂 🙂 ♥

  10. jude ling

    July 27, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    It is vital that we as a country begin to put into place something that will protect the life and legacy of those who cannot speak for themselves. In Michael Jackson’s case, the abuse is beyond anything seen in our history. And, this abuse continues with the likes of Conrad Murray and Wade Robson.

  11. AdLLaw Initiative (@CADEFLAW)

    September 28, 2013 at 6:56 pm Video Title: Michael Jackson committed Suicide: Case Closed

    This gentleman, apparently, knows nothing about the subject he dare to speak about. It is because of people who think like him why we need a very STRONG support system for the “Anti-Defamation Legacy Law”. He only care about his listeners following him in error. Support the “AdLLaw Initiative”

    • Sally Ann Doyle

      July 19, 2016 at 3:17 pm

      Thank you for pointing this disgusting mentality out – this is the mentality of a Personality Disorder – people also need to be aware of what a Personality Disordered individual is capable of – they are among the highest and most severe accusers and their speciality is false allegations of whatever they can think of in the moment – they will destroy your life if you have something that they want, doesn’t matter if you’re rich or poor they will ruin you to take it from you. Evan Chandler was Bipolar, Janet Arvizo was Bipolar Wade Robsons Father was Bipolar – Bipolar is a Personality Disorder.

      • Cadeflaw

        July 22, 2016 at 12:30 pm

        Thank you for commenting Sally. I did not know these people were Bipolar.

  12. Sue Jackson

    September 29, 2013 at 6:10 am

    Excellent! Thank you, this is so very much needed!

  13. Amber

    June 26, 2016 at 9:07 am

    This is needed. Some scum want to hide behide the “Freedom of speech” to make slander comments. freedom to speak is one thing but to be allowed to PRINT false claims and to print false information involving law should be against the law.

  14. mdt51849

    July 3, 2016 at 2:29 pm

    Being that Michael Jackson is no longer here with us, WE (MJ fans) become his voice. We are very strong in number and must always UNITE for this beautiful man. I totally agree with the Anti-Defamation Legacy Law Advocates, and I am honored to be adding my name to it.

  15. Sally Ann Doyle

    July 19, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    I have a lump in my throat, because I so wish that Michael was here to see this……


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