Sidis vs. F-R Pub. Corporation

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Econ 404 5/11/2009 rmf34 Sidis vs. F-R Pub. Corporation Judge(s): Clark, Circuit Judge, dissenting Court: Second Circuit Court of Appeals (Location, Date): Southern NY, July 1940 Plaintiff: Case Summary: William Sidis was the unwilling subject of a biographical sketch and Cartoon in the New Yorker publication on a few separate occasions. Violated rights of privacy as well as malicious Libel. Sidis was a child prodigy, who graduated Harvard at 16. He was a mathematical genius and received much public attention in 1910. He didn’t want the attention and lead an obscure and humble life.
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Unformatted text preview: The article isn’t contested as untrue, but it violated his privacy. It was a where they are today piece. Numerous states grant a common right law, California a constitutional right to be left alone. While the article is mostly for the benefit and read ship of the New Yorker Magazine, there was some privacy invasion. Still, freedom of the press is very important. Defense: Verdict: Supreme Court doesn’t agree. Sidis was a public figure and it’s impossible to deny the press to information that they can obtain. The must remain free. Law and Economics Notes:...
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