2017 South Carolina Code of Laws
Title 16 - Crimes and Offenses
CHAPTER 7 - OFFENSES AGAINST THE PEACE
Section 16-7-150. Slander and libel.
Any person who shall with malicious intent originate, utter, circulate or publish any false statement or matter concerning another the effect of which shall tend to injure such person in his character or reputation shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction therefor, be subject to punishment by fine not to exceed five thousand dollars or by imprisonment for a term not exceeding one year, or by both fine and imprisonment, in the discretion of the court; provided, that nothing herein shall be construed to abridge any right any person may have by way of an action for damages for libel or slander under the existing law.
HISTORY: 1962 Code Section 16-161; 1952 Code Section 16-161; 1942 Code Section 1395; 1932 Code Section 1395; Cr. C. '22 Section 326; 1912 (27) 775.