Case Brief_ New York Times Co. v. Sullivan.docx - JL MC 460 Case Brief New York Times Co v Sullivan 376 U.S 254(1964 FACTS In 1960 The New York Times

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JL MC 460 Case Brief New York Times Co. v. Sullivan 376 U.S. 254 (1964) FACTS: In 1960, The New York Times published a full-page advertisement sponsored by supporters of Martin Luther King Jr. Montgomery Public Safety commissioner, L.B. Sullivan, accused the publication of lying about the “facts” listed in the advertisement. Inaccuracies included the number of times King had been arrested and the expulsion of students for participating. Sullivan sued The New York Times for defamation, claiming that the innacuracy of the advertisement was defamatory to him and the rest of the police department. ISSUE: Does the First Amendment prohibit public officials, such as Sullivan, from suing for defamation? ANSWER: Yes RULE: The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the First Amendment protects the publication of false statements unless the they are upheld by actual malice toward a person or group. This ruling declares that American public officials are unable to sue for defamation, unless they are able to prove that the
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