Pollard v. Lyon - 91 U.S. 225 (1875)
U.S. Supreme Court
Pollard v. Lyon, 91 U.S. 225 (1875)
Pollard v. Lyon
91 U.S. 225
1. Spoken words charging a woman with fornication in the District of Columbia are not actionable per se, as the misconduct they impute, although involving moral turpitude, is not an indictable offense.
2. In an action for such words, inasmuch as the right to recover depends solely upon the special loss or injury which the plaintiff has sustained, it is not sufficient to allege that she "has been damaged and injured in her name and fame," but such special loss or injury must be particularly set forth, and if it is not, the declaration is bad in substance.
The facts are stated in the opinion of the Court.