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19 Sw. J. Int'l L. 377 (2012-2013)
The Runaway Lese Majeste Train: How Thailand's Lese Majeste Law Must Be Reformed in Order to Stop Its Abuse

handle is hein.journals/sjlta19 and id is 393 raw text is: THE RUNAWAY LESE MAJESTE TRAIN:
HOW THAILAND'S LESE MAJESTE LAW
MUST BE REFORMED IN ORDER
TO STOP ITS ABUSE
Kate Greenfield*
I. INTRODUCTION.......................................... 378
II. LLSE MAJEST: THE LAW, ITS HISTORY & THAILAND'S
POLITICAL CRISIS .......................................  380
A. Thai Defamatory Actions and the Lese Majest6
Law      ....................................... 381
B. The History of Lese Majest ...........     ......... 383
C. Thailand's Recent Political History ................ 385
III. PROBLEMS WITH THE LSE MAJESTP LAW THAT
ALLOW FOR ITS ABUSE ........................    ......... 389
A. Courts Have Failed to Follow the Law's Intent
Requirement and Allow Exemptions from Guilt
When the Expression Was Made in Good Faith or
Was an Honest Opinion........................ 389
B. Courts Are Interpreting the Law Too Broadly ...... 390
C. Anyone May Bring a Lese Majesti Charge .......... 392
IV. PROPOSED SOLUTIONS FOR THE REFORM OF THE LSE
MAJESTiA LAW .......................................... 393
A. Courts Should Examine the Defendant's Intent and
Allow Exemptions for Expressions Made in Good
Faith and Expressions of Honest Opinions ......... 393
B. Courts Should Interpret the Law More Narrowly,
Creating Interpretations That are More Consistent
with How the Law Is Written .................... 395
* J.D. Candidate, 2013, Southwestern Law School. I thank my good friend Kimberly Mc-
Vicker for showing me an article about Joe Gordon, the American citizen subjected to the 16se
majest6 laws in Thailand, which gave me the inspiration to research the lbse majest6 laws further
and ultimately write this article.

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