New York Times v - Hannah Walvatne NEW YORK TIMES V SULLIVAN 376 U.S 254(1964 FACTS Decided together with Abernathy v Sullivan this case concerns a

New York Times v - Hannah Walvatne NEW YORK TIMES V...

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Hannah Walvatne N EW Y ORK T IMES V . S ULLIVAN 376 U.S. 254 (1964) F ACTS : Decided together with Abernathy v. Sullivan, this case concerns a full-page ad in the New York Times which alleged that the arrest of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. for perjury in Alabama was part of a campaign to destroy King's efforts to integrate public facilities and encourage blacks to vote. L. B. Sullivan, the Montgomery city commissioner, filed a libel action against the newspaper and four black ministers who were listed as endorsers of the ad, claiming that the allegations against the Montgomery police defamed him personally. Under Alabama law, Sullivan did not have to prove that he had been harmed; and a defense claiming that the ad was truthful was unavailable since the ad contained factual errors. Sullivan won a $500,000 judgment. I SSUES : Did Alabama's libel law, by not requiring Sullivan to prove that an advertisement personally harmed him and dismissing the same as untruthful due to factual errors, unconstitutionally infringe on the First Amendment's freedom of speech and freedom of press protections?
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