BNW Midterm Exam � Sullivan v

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BNW Midterm Exam – Sullivan v. Times L.B. Sullivan was the Montgomery Public Safety commissioner who was responsible for supervising the city police department. He filed a libel suit against the New York Times and four black clergymen in March 1960 in the Circuit Court of Montgomery County, Alabama. Sullivan alleged that the “Head their Rising Voices” ad in the Times libeled him. Sullivan alleged that the ad included him because he was an elected official who supervised the Montgomery Police Department, thus making him a public official. A public official is a person who works in government through election, appointment or employment. For a public official to win a libel suit, he must 1. Prove that the statement made was defamatory falsehood . 2. It related to his official conduct 3. It was made with actual malice with a reckless disregard for the truth The Sullivan case grew out of the Civil Rights movement. In February of 1960, a student led movement started in which African-American
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This note was uploaded on 03/27/2011 for the course JOURNALISM 567:310 taught by Professor Bendavis during the Spring '11 term at Rutgers.

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