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SPEECH. A formal discourse in public.
     2. The liberty of speech is guaranteed to members of the legislature, to counsel in court in debate.
     3. The reduction of a speech to writing and its publication is a libel, if the matter contained in it is libelous; and the repetition of it upon occasions not warranted by law, when the matter is slanderous, will be slander and. tho character of the speaker will be no protection to him from an action. 1 M. & S. 273; 1 Esp. C. 226 Bouv. Inst. Index, h.t. See Debate; Liberty of speech.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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She casts her abductees as conventional outsiders: Joan (Mariann Mayberry), with her cascading curls, long skirt, sandals and a staccato speech pattern that comes off like Morse code, is a post '60s hippie type.