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Author Hall, Kermit L., 1944-2006

Title New York Times v. Sullivan : civil rights, libel law, and the free press / Kermit L. Hall and Melvin I. Urofsky

Publ Info Lawrence, Kan. : University Press of Kansas, [2011]
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Descript x, 222 pages ; 23 cm
text rdacontent
unmediated rdamedia
volume rdacarrier
Series Landmark law cases & American society
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 209-214) and index
Contents A place in time -- "Lies, lies, lies" -- Trial by jury -- "Let 'em see the dogs work" -- The road to the Alabama Supreme Court -- A new game plan -- Briefing the Court -- "May it please the Court" -- "Uninhibited, robust, and wide-open" -- Libel law after Sullivan -- Coda: Civility and reputation -- Chronology
Note When the New York Times published an advertisement that accused Alabama officials of willfully abusing civil rights activists, Montgomery police commissioner Lester Sullivan filed suit for defamation. Alabama courts, citing factual errors in the ad, ordered the Times to pay half a million dollars in damages. The Times appealed to the Supreme Court, which had previously deferred to the states on libel issues. The justices, recognizing that Alabama's application of libel law threatened both the nation's free press and equal rights for African Americans, unanimously sided with the Times. The decision introduced a new First Amendment test: a public official cannot recover damages for libel unless he proves that the statement was made with the knowledge that it was false or with reckless disregard of whether it was false.-publisher description
LC subject New York Times Company -- Trials, litigation, etc
Sullivan, L. B. -- Trials, litigation, etc
Trials (Libel) -- Alabama -- Montgomery
Freedom of the press -- United States
Libel and slander -- United States
Add Author Urofsky, Melvin I
Alt Title New York Times versus Sullivan
ISBN 9780700618026 (cloth : alk. paper)
0700618023 (cloth : alk. paper)
9780700618033 (pbk. : alk. paper)
0700618031 (pbk. : alk. paper)