Consequences for Criminal Law
The grounds of the Frankfurt court can also be applied to criminal cases. If the particularly protected area of the inner family circle already leads to the fact that no omission of defamatory statements can be demanded under civil law, this even more means that such statements are not punishable by law.
However one may not overestimate the decision. A direct kinship does not automatically mean that a particularly protected insult free area exists. Between brothers and sisters, who quarreld for years, rather no insult-free area exists. The closer, however, the relationship of trust is, the sooner sharp insults about third partiescan be exchanged without hesitation.