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MCO402 St. Amant

MCO402 St. Amant - MCO402 St Amant v Thompson 1968 Sup Ct...

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MCO402 St. Amant v. Thompson 1968 Sup. Ct. Phil St. Amant is on a Baton Rouge television station and gives a political speech. He makes allegations against a LA. Deputy sheriff Herman Thompson. He says that he has been serving as a middle man taking bribes that involves St. Amant’s political opponent. Herman Thompson sues St. Amant for liable damages. Thompson collects $5,000 dollars in damages. The court says that information most law enforcement officials are declared public officials that have to prove actual malice. Herman Thompson prevails in the initial case. St. Amant appeals and the Supreme Court overturns the $5,000 award of damages. The court creates another liable standard. The Supreme Court creates the Serious Doubts Standard. If the evidence shows that the defendant making the accusations “did not entertain serious doubts about the information” than that is not actual malice. Affidavit that contained the testimony of a high ranking Teamster’s union member is the source of St. Amant. The union member is the one making the allegations against
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