Thus tweeteth the Cabin Boy™—If the Cabin Boy™ is discussing defamation, then, no, that’s not my understanding of the law in Maryland. A defendant has no obligation to prove what he said or wrote was true. The burden is on the plaintiff to prove that any allegedly defamatory statement is false. If the plaintiff can’t do that, he has no cause of action. The Dreadful Pro-Se Kimberlin’s lost on a directed verdict in Kimberlin v. Walker, et al. because he never showed that the statement that we defendants admitted to making were false.
The Gentle Reader may assume that if I am suing someone for defamation, then I believe that I have evidence that someone made a false statement about me that also meets all the other elements of defamation.