practice exam libel .docx - Why cant the speech of a senator speaking on the floor of the Senate while the Senate is in session be the basis of a

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° Why can’t the speech of a senator speaking on the floor of the Senate while the Senate is in session be the basis of a successful libel suit? ° it receives an absolute privilege from libel suits ° Article 1, Section 6 of the Constitution protects such speech. ° the framers valued robust debate in Congress ° all of the above ° Which of the following is privileged, that is, it cannot be the basis of a successful libel suit? ° testimony by a person on the witness stand during a trial ° the opening and closing statements of attorneys in a trial ° the reading, in open court, of the jury’s verdict ° all of the above ° Which of the following is privileged, that is, it cannot be the basis of a successful libel suit? ° a citizen speaking for or against proposed legislation at a bill hearing ° a citizen speaking about any issue during the public comment section of a city council meeting ° a county executive recommending policy to the county commissioners during the monthly meeting of county commissioners ° a and b ° all of the above ° If a communication receives a qualified privilege from libel suits, there is also always an underlying communication on which it is based that receives an absolute privilege. ° true ° false ° What is reckless disregard for the truth? ° publishing something with a high degree of awareness that it is probably false ° publishing something with serious doubts as to whether or not it is true ° one of the forms of actual malice ° all of the above ° If a person has been arrested for committing murder, but has not yet been on trial, what should she be called in a newspaper story? ° whatever the police call her ° murderer ° the person who was arrested in connection with the murder ° the criminal ° none of the above ° When Jerry Falwell and his mother were ridiculed in a tasteless parody ad in Hustler Magazine: ° the U.S. Supreme Court said Falwell, as a public figure, could not win a libel suit, but his mother could. ° the U.S. Supreme Court said Falwell could sue in his mother’s place for intentional infliction of emotional distress, which he did, winning a tidy sum. ° the U.S. Supreme Court said that because the ad was labeled a parody, no harm was done. ° the U.S. Supreme Court said Falwell’s image was appropriated, a privacy
violation. ° the U.S. Supreme Court said Falwell’s attempt to recover for intentional infliction of emotional distress was merely an attempt to get around the actual malice standard of fault.

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