New York Times v. Sullivan (1964).docx - COMM 5300 LEGAL CASE BRIEF CASE NAME New York Times v Sullivan(1964 CITATION\/DATE New York Times v Sullivan 376

New York Times v. Sullivan (1964).docx - COMM 5300 LEGAL...

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COMM 5300 -- LEGAL CASE BRIEF CASE NAME: New York Times v. Sullivan (1964) CITATION/DATE: New York Times v. Sullivan , 376 U.S. 254 (1964) LEVEL OF COURT: U.S. Supreme Court FACTS: On March 29, 1960, the Times carried a full-page editorial advertisement titled “Heed Their Rising Voices.” The ad was placed by an ad hoc coalition of civil rights leaders called the “Committee to Defend Martin Luther King and the Struggle for Freedom in the South.” The ad leveled charges against public officials in the South who, the committee contended, had used violence and illegal tactics to quell the peaceful civil rights struggle. The basic thrust of the charges contained in the advertisement was true; but the ad, was filled with small, factual errors. Montgomery, Ala., police commissioner L.B. Sullivan, who sought $500,000 in damages for false and defamatory statements about the conduct of the Montgomery police department. PLAINTIFF ARGUMENT: Sullivan was never named in the ad, but contended that comments about the behavior of the
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