NY Times v. Sullivan Case Brief.docx - New York Times Co v Sullivan[1964 Facts Sullivan the City Commissioner filed a libel suit against the New York

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New York Times Co. v. Sullivan [1964]Facts: Sullivan, the City Commissioner, filed a libel suit against the New York Times alleging that the full-page ad they ran published defamatory statements about the police department treating students who participated in a civil rights demonstration gravely. Sullivan argued that the ad ruined his reputation because the statements were false and exaggerated but the Ney York Times argued that the ad was not meant to hurt his reputation and was protected under the First Amendment.Question:Is Alabama’s libel law unconstitutional under the First Amendment’s freedom of press becausethe law did not require the plaintiff to prove that the speech was moved by actual malice?Holding: The Supreme Court ruled unanimously in favor of the newspaper. Thus, the statements in the newspaper was protected and constitutional under the First Amendment’s freedom of press.
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