Sullivan NYT Brief.docx - New York Times Co v Sullivan 376 U.S 254(1964 Facts Sullivan the city Commissioner of several departments in Montgomery

Sullivan NYT Brief.docx - New York Times Co v Sullivan 376...

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New York Times Co. v. Sullivan 376 U.S. 254 (1964) Facts: Sullivan, the city Commissioner of several departments in Montgomery, Alabama, brought a libel suit against the New York Times Co. for allegedly printing false and defamatory statements. The article accused the police of harassing Dr. Martin Luther King and terrorizing African Americans under Sullivan’s control. Several of the allegations against Sullivan were false or exaggerated. The trial judge instructed the jury that the article contained statements which were “libelous per se” and if the statements were “of and concerning” Sullivan, he was entitled to damages. Procedural History: In trial court, Sullivan was awarded $500,000 in damages and the Alabama Supreme Court affirmed this decision, but the New York Times appealed to the United State Supreme Court. Issue(s)? Does a state law for civil liability disregarding intent violate the freedom of speech and press safeguards guaranteed by the First and 14th
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