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Why A Law For The Dead?

Why A Law For The Dead?


An AdLLaw Petition signee commented:

“The fact that people take advantage of this loophole is disgusting.”

Why A Law For The Deceased2It is not so much a loophole as a conscious decision by lawmakers to avoid doing the right thing.   In order for it to be a legal loophole there would first have to be a law.  The absence of this law provides immoral profit for some, a perverse entertainment for many and pain for others.

Michael Jackson continues to be one of the hardest working persons in the entertainment business.  The US Courts and Government are in agreement he is enough of a person to continue to produce material; be a part of that material; go on tour; be sued; taxed; hire contractors and employees through representation.  But he is no longer a person when it comes to getting justice for slander against him.

Michael Jackson is not alone when it comes to this.  It happens to persons known the world over and those only known in their hometown.  All these people are equally important.

If a decedent can be sued for slander which may have happened while they were alive, have the case against them handled by family or estate managers then why does it not work in reverse?

The biggest argument against this proposed law is it will violate our First Amendment rights.

That is misleading.

Crime Is SlanderIf making a law which makes it illegal to slander the deceased violates US First Amendment Rights then there would be no slander laws, not even for the living.

Because the crime is slander.  Not who is or can be slandered.  

Support the Petition Initiative:

Contact the lawmakers and tell them you support the proposed law and want them to do the same.

(We do not support cover ups or intimidating wronged people.  We ask that if the wronged is the deceased they are not ignored)

By: S. Kendrick, Resolution Specialist – a.k.a. Dial Dancer


Posted by on May 27, 2014 in AdLLaw Initiative, Advocacy


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Did YOU Know?

Defamation PhotoIt’s NOT about US.

It’s NOT about ME.

It’s NOT about YOU.

It’s NOT about FAME.

It’s NOT about FORTUNE.

It’s NOT about JUSTICE.

It’s NOT about REVENGE.


It’s NOT about who gets the CREDIT.

AdLLaw Initiative Photo Card (1)It’s ABOUT “Protecting and Preserving” the Legacies of these people. ARE YOU ANGRY ENOUGH TO SUPPORT the Anti-Defamation Legacy Law Initiative by asking your two U.S. Senators and the President of the United States, to author and pass an “Anti-Defamation Legacy Law? These people are worth the effort. #AdLLawInitiative

There has been an orchestrated plan to destroy Michael Jackson’s reputation since 1993, and it has NOT STOPPED even in death. WHEN WILL IT STOP? It won’t unless we ask our two U.S. Senators and the President of the United States to support the #AdLLawInitiative by authoring and passing a law; to give the family members of the deceased a law to sue those who defame their deceased relatives.

The beautiful photos are NICE. The projects are BEAUTIFUL and well deserved, but they won’t mean a thing if the general public, globally, continue to believe that Michael Jackson was a child molester; that Trayvon Martin’s death was a good thing because he was a gangster; that former First Lady Betty Ford was a whore; that God hated Steve Jobs, Marine Lance Corporal Matthew Snyder, Army Spc. Carrie L. French and Whitney Houston was a “crack-head whore” as well as some other horrific things many of the deceased has been named since their death.

Did you know that Bill SB 131 to Extend Statute of Limitations – Child Molestation, is a new law set to go into effect as scheduled on Jan. 1, 2014, if the CA Governor does not veto it? Source 

Did you know that SB 131 gives alleged as well as real victims a causal connection window of five years as opposed to the existing three-year period to file a lawsuit after the date of discovery by a mental health professional that their psychological trauma is indeed linked to their childhood sexual abuse? Bill Analysis

Did you know that SB 131 (Beall) was amended on May 2, 2013 and the hearing date was on May 7, 2013?

Did you know that Wade Robson filed his claim on May 1, 2013 and has been granted a court date in June of 2014?   Source

Robson’s lawyer also mentions a psychiatrist who treated him — the doctor is a leader in the field of child psychology. NO OFFENSE TOWARD THOSE WHO ARE REAL VICTIMS, BUT IS THIS REALLY A COINCIDENT?  CA SB 131 was amended on May 2, 2013; one day after Wade Robson filed his claim and the bill is amended to read what Wade Robson needed to file a late claim.

This bill should be enforced for those who sincerely need it but not for anyone to file bogus claims. This is really a tender situation for those who are REAL victims.  It is very difficult to attack a bill that should have been enforced a long time ago, but really Wade Robson. I support this bill but I do NOT support those who use something worthy for financial gain because they can.  This bill is intended to support REAL victims. Conveniently, Mr. Robson did NOT remember being molested as he was the “Star” witness for Michael Jackson’s defense at the 2005 trial.

New Molestation Claim Against Michael Jackson    Another Source

Many of us are well acquainted with being molested, as children and adults, and we support the amending of this law and the victims, but we cannot support those who use something intended for real victims to benefit those who use it for financial gain.

There is no “Magic Wand” to make this disappear and it won’t go away because YOU choose to ignore it.  WE have to come TOGETHER to make this happen or at least make a mighty loud noise about it. We must support the victims of abuse but, at the same time, oppose those who will use this law to defame someone who is NOT here to defend himself.

The Anti-Defamation Legacy Law Advocates (AdLLaw) is a non-profit, charitable and advocacy organization which wants to have a U.S. law passed allowing for family members of defamed deceased people to sue for civil damages.

Even the non-famous can be targets which mean that we and our loved ones are at risk.

Adllaw Photo 2The law protects the likeness and image of a person dead or alive, and the same should hold true for their reputation.

AdLLaw Initiative Letter

AdLLaw Petition

Follow the Anti-Defamation Legacy Law Advocates on Twitter: @CADEFLAW

Submitted by: MJ Brookins, AdLLaw Director


Posted by on November 12, 2013 in AdLLaw Initiative, Advocacy


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A Legacy Never Dies

“When are the dead not dead? The ancient peoples of the Andes believed we keep the dead “alive” as long as we continue to remember them.” (1)  We of AdLLaw say:  “The life and legacy of the deceased lie in the memory of the living.”

Most Latin countries celebrate the Day of the Dead.  Day of the Dead or Dia de los Muertos festivals are commonly celebrated in countries where there is a Spanish-Speaking population or Spanish customs are observed. The celebrations focus on family members that have passed away.  United States, Mexico, Brazil, Guatemala, Haiti, Bolivian and Ecuador each have a special and positive ceremony for honoring their dead. (2)

Celebrated United States Days of the Dead

A Legacy NEVER Dies

The United States celebrate several days which are meant to honor the dead and those who have contributed to and served this Nation.  Days such as Memorial Day, Veterans Day, President’s Day, Dr. Martin Luther King Day and 911.  All countries have some celebration, ceremony or “Veneration of the dead”(3) 

“Remembrance Day” which is similar to the US Veterans Day is celebrated in the UK, Canada, Oceania, Australia, Western Europe and South Africa. Germany has their Day of Commemoration of Heroes.  Russians celebrate “The Defender of the Fatherland Day.”  These celebrations are rooted in a belief we honor our ancestors.  The word “ancestors” may sound lofty and given to people who lived hundreds or thousands of years ago, but the word ancestor means one who came before us. “a person from whom one is descended; forebear; progenitor.” (4)

Remembering 911Many countries have working laws against defaming the dead so why not the USA?   This is not a new subject. In the USA such a law has been vigorously fought and lobbied against. (5)   Even with the understanding that not all cases will fall under legislative guidelines; as defamation nor will all successors be willing or able to sue. Knowing defamation suits are hard fought and not easily won even for the living there is great resistance to passing this law to protect the legacy of the deceased.

Until the United States of America, a Nation which considers itself a world leader, is willing to step forward and lead by example then it says we only honor our dead in word, but not in deed.

The truth must be told and our history needs to reflect that, but there is no honor in slandering our dead.

Please sign the AdLLaw (Anti-defamation Legacy Law) Initiative Petition.

AdLLaw Petition

Support the AdLLaw Initiative by contacting your U.S. House Senators and the President by letter or email. Non U.S. persons contact the President.  Simply tell them you support the AdLLaw Initiative and would like for them to do the same.  Then copy and paste this link to your letter or email.

Contact information:

Contact the President of the United States

U.S. Citizens – Contact The Two U.S. Senators Assigned To Your State

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Submitted by:  S. Kendrick, AdLLaw Resolution Specialist – a.k.a. Dial Dancer


Posted by on November 2, 2013 in AdLLaw Initiative, Advocacy


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Anti-Defamation Legacy Law Advocates – AdLLaw Initiative

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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Is this enough for you?

Do you believe there are boundaries the Media and the public should not cross when it comes to the dead?

TM Death Photo IS THAT ENOUGHOn July 12, 2013, a full body picture of Trayvon Martin as he lie dead appeared on several social media pages, websites and YouTube videos.  This photo is not blurred.  The photo is part of the video footage from the courtroom fed to the Media pool.  It was briefly televised by MSNBC. It became Internet property when it was published as part of a commentary on a site called Gawker.

Previously it had been published by Huffington Post, however, the body was covered and the face was not shown.  The MSNBC reporter and Gawker site owner says the report which included the photo was not meant to exploit the sensationalized aspect of the photo and apologized for the anger it caused

We have not provided a source link which would take you to the picture.  Omitting the link was done out of consideration for the teenager’s family.  If you need to verify it is easy enough, but my question to you is:

Could you accept thousands, tens of thousands or millions looking at anyone whom you cared about as they lie dead?

How would it affect you to have such a photo reproduced over and over again until it is a common item on the Internet; one which you could come upon without warning at any time?

Could anyone justify to you their reasons for turning such a photo into a source of curiosity or entertainment?

Do you believe people should be able to use death photos to mock the deceased or as means of financial gain?


OUR MISSION:  Organize to protect and preserve, publicly, the legacy of those deceased and propose that all states/countries having defamation/slander civil codes be changed so that defamation applies to a “natural person whether living or deceased.

OUR GOAL:  Seeking support for a bill that would make it unlawful to defame a person who is deceased. Slander and libel are not protected under the First Amendment while a person is living. The same protection should be extended to a person after they are deceased. The loved ones of someone who has passed on should not have to live with the continued defamatory stories and false accusations that can so easily be paraded as fact.

Please support the CadeFlaw Initiative.  We need people to send letters or emails to the California Representatives.  We need people who know people in California to help get the word out, to sign the petition.

Note:  Neither this writer nor CadeFlaw’s intent is to exploit the tragedy of this nor any other person by telling their story.

S. Kendrick, Cadeflaw Resolution Specialist – a.k.a. Dial Dancer

AdLLaw Initiative GLOBAL Petition

Cadeflaw Global Petition  Petition Closed

Cadeflaw CA Residents Petition  Petition Closed


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A Story of Defamation: What Qualifies?

To better understand defamation, we must know how the law defines defamation (libel & slander).

Harry and Tom were brothers and partners. They lived in a place called AnyTown located in AnyState, USA. Since childhood they had fought over money. Tom said Harry spent too much and Harry said Tom was cheap. Their last fight was over expanding the business.

Tom believed the time was not right and the money would go to waste. Harry believed Tom’s penny pinching ways were going to keep them from staying competitive.

They argued in front of anyone who was around and complained to everyone who would listen.

Their last argument took place in front of a new customer. Harry said: “Tom you are so cheap and stubborn I could choke you. You are going to ruin the business and then we will be sorry.

Tom shouted at Harry: “I am not going to change my mind and there is nothing you can do that will change it.” With that Tom walked away. Harry shouted at his back: “oh no! We will see!”

The customer who was not accustom to business people shouting at one another left without doing any business with the brothers.

Two days passed without Harry hearing from his brother. He thought to himself: “he is sulking or hiding telling the wife to tell me he is not home.”

On the third day of Tom’s absence, the Police met Harry at his home. He was arrested. They had found Tom buried in Harry’s garden. He had been bashed in the head. An anonymous tip had led them to the garden.

Harry was an avid craftsman hobbyist. He never met a fancy tool he did not like or buy whether he could use it or not. A hammer was found in his work shop it had Tom’s blood on it.

During the trial which would find Harry not guilty it was discovered the blood was Tom’s but it was too old to fit the timeline of the crime. The new customer who had testified against Harry had to admit Harry said choke not bash. Several family and friends would testify the brothers always fought and loudly but were quick to make up.

After the trial there was the usual round of news specials where pundits retried the case, with comments from people who were witnesses and those who had not witness anything.

Because of the trial, the accusations, the articles and public comments Harry lost the business and was forced to move to another State where he hoped they remembered little about his highly publicized trial.

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Which if any of these statements defamed Harry and which were opinion?

The New Customer, a traveling salesman would tell people he believed the jury got it wrong. He was sure Harry killed Tom. “I was there when Harry threatened Tom.”

A local newspaper Journalist with a tri-state readership wrote an article. He said. “He pitied Harry for having lost his business, because he was an accused murderer.”

One juror would write a book where she claimed; “She was sure the defense lawyer had hidden the real hammer.”

Late night TV personalities would joke about the next guy being careful about taking on a partner from AnyTown, in AnyState USA; who had a liking for hammers.



“A plaintiff in a civil lawsuit must prove all the elements of the tort by a preponderance of the evidence, meaning that the plaintiff must prove that it is more likely than not the defendant committed each element of the tort. The elements of a defamation (libel or slander) claim are:”

• A false and defamatory communication about the plaintiff
• Publication to a third party
• Fault amounting to either negligence or intent on the defendant’s part
• Harm or damage to the plaintiff.



“A defamatory statement is a false statement of fact–not opinion, satire or parody–that would tend to harm the plaintiff’s reputation in the community. To be defamatory, the statement must clearly be about the plaintiff.”

Source:  Suite 101 – The Law of Defamation

Additional Sources:
Dictionary Law – Defamation
Dictionary Reference – Defamation

This is a three part series:

Part I: A Story of Defamation: What qualifies?
Part II: Defaming the Living by Defaming the Dead. (TBA)
Part III: (TBA)


Posted by on June 15, 2013 in Advocacy


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Deceased Victims of Slander/Libel/Exploitation (3)

Whitney Houston – Recording Artist

Whitney HoustonWhitney Elizabeth Houston (August 9, 1963 – February 11, 2012) was an American recording artist, actress, producer, and model. In 2009, the Guinness World Records cited her as the most awarded female act of all time. Houston was one of the world’s best-selling music artists, having sold over 200 million records worldwide.

She released six studio albums, one holiday album and three movie soundtrack albums, all of which have diamond, multi-platinum, platinum or gold certification. Houston’s crossover appeal on the popular music charts, as well as her prominence on MTV, starting with her video for “How Will I Know“, influenced several African American female artists to follow in her footsteps.

Tabloid fighting “defamation” since photos of Whitney Houston in her casket were released.    Publishing the Whitney Houston casket photo on its tabloid cover has backfired on theNational Enquirer. The publication has a new battle on its hands now that a big name celebrity has claimed they did the same thing to her father.

Whoopi Goldberg said recently on The View, “when my dad passed away, they ran his picture on the cover of the Enquirer…!”

LA DJs Suspended

LA Radio Host – Long History of Bigotry

John & Ken (Listen to Audio)


Trayvon Martin

Trayvon MartinTrayvon Benjamin Martin (February 5, 1995 – February 26, 2012) was the son of Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, who were divorced in 1999. He was a junior at Dr. Michael Krop High School and lived with his mother and older brother in Miami Gardens, Florida.

Trayvon Martin, a high-school junior from Miami who was visiting family in a gated community in Sanford, was shot to death last month when he encountered George Michael Zimmerman, captain of the neighborhood-crime-watch group.

People in Central Florida and beyond want to know how an unarmed 17-year-old who went to a nearby 7-Eleven for a bag of Skittles never made it home alive. Join Orlando Sentinel Reporters Bianca Prieto and Martin Comas for a live chat about Trayvon Martin on Thursday, March 15 at noon.  Live Chat Replay: Discuss the Trayvon Martin shooting

The targets don’t actually use Martin’s face but the intent is clear: They show a silhouette of a person in a hoodie with Skittles protruding from his pocket and a can of ice tea in his hand.   Man Sells Trayvon Martin Shooting Range Targets

hoodietarget_blogA shooting range target of a person in a hoodie with cross hairs on the chest, a bag of Skittles tucked in a pocket and a hand holding a can resembling iced tea was pulled from an online sales site, a Florida TV news station reports, but not before raising concerns of its connection with teen shooting victim Trayvon Martin.

Martin was wearing a hoodie and had just purchased Skittles and iced tea when he was shot and killed by George Zimmerman in Sanford, Fla., on Feb. 26, according to police reports. Report: Trayvon Martin gun range targets were sold online  Huffington Post Article – Trayvon Martin Gun Targets   Trayvon Martin Shooting Range Targets Sold Out in Two Days  Daily Kos

It’s not clear when the hoodie became available, but a red seal labeled “new” alerts visitors to the store that the sweatshirt is a relatively recent arrival. NRA Hooded Sweatshirt   NRA Store

Michael Jackson – Most emotionally battered personality in the “World’s” media outlet before and after death.

Michael & PuppyMichael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009) was an American singer songwriter, entertainer, dancer, arranger, music producer, choreographer, actor, businessman, musician and philanthropist. Often referred to as the “KIng of Pop”, or by his initials MJ. Jackson is recognized as the most successful entertainer of all time by Guinness World Records. His contributions to music, dance, and fashion, along with his publicized personal life, made him a global figure in popular culture for over four decades. Michael Jackson

Since June 25, 2009, there have been many wonderful and loving tributes to Michael Jackson. There have also been unkind, untrue, and hateful references to Michael. Protecting and preserving the truth is the reason for this initiative.

We are disgusted and frustrated with the amount of rubbish that continues to be paraded as fact about Michael Jackson. In looking for a way to stop the flow of distortion, we learned that there is nothing to stop the defamation of someone who has passed on.

Michael 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 focus of this effort is to have such a law passed in California, because that is where Michael spent much of his life, and where his family lives.

Although the viciousness toward Michael has eased, the residue of tarnish on his Cadeflaw MJ Profile Photoname and reputation remains. It is time for us to Make That Change. The life and legacy of Michael Jackson should be celebrated with respect in the United States, and around the world.

We are all familiar with the level of unfair media attention heaped upon Michael in the past. Journalists hid behind freedom of speech in an attempt to destroy Michael Jackson for entertainment and profit. 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.


  • Media (Globally)
  • Comedians
  • Mocked by public because of media “Lies” spin
  • Mocked by peers in Entertainment Industry
  • Accused of Child Molestation
  • Accused of wanting to be “White” and hating “Blacks”
  • Accused of hating his family members
  • Exploited by many

Michael’s last “Indignity”   MAYBE NOT

The defaming articles printed and published in reference to Michael Jackson are too numerous to count. It would take hundreds of pages to post all of them. It is time to give the dead their due, starting with him. What two journalists had to say about Michael Jackson:

Charles Thomson: One of the Most Shameful Episodes In Journalistic History

John Dean: Defaming The Dead: Congressman Peter King’s Michael Jackson Media Rant


We will no longer passively accept this disrespectful and cruel assassination of Michael’s name and any other deceased person(s). It is time to come together and take action. The time is NOW.

If you would like to see a law put in place that would prevent the media from feedingMJ 2005 Trial on the reputations of those who have passed on, please sign the Cadeflaw petition. There is strength in numbers, and many voices create a mighty roar.

Cadeflaw Petition Link: California Residents ONLY

Cadeflaw Petition Link: Global

We have free speech for everyone who has nothing to say, but if you have an opinion, then speak at your own peril. ~Air Force Colonel, Morris Davis~

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Posted by on March 21, 2013 in Advocacy


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