Case Brief - New York Times v Sullivan - New York Times v Sullivan Warren Court 376 U.S 254 1964 Facts L.B Sullivan was Commissioner of the Police

Case Brief - New York Times v Sullivan - New York Times v...

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New York Times v Sullivan Warren Court 376 U.S. 254 1964 Facts: L.B. Sullivan was Commissioner of the Police Department, Fire Department, Department of the Cemetery, and Department of Sales for Montgomery, Alabama. Sullivan sued the New York Times newspaper because of an article that was printed and published that defamed him. The newspaper article in question accused Sullivan's police force of conducting a wave of terror against African American students and brutally harassing Dr. King. Procedural History : Sullivan first sued in a District Court which found for Sullivan. It was then appealed to the Alabama Supreme Court which affirmed the decision. The New York Times then appealed to the Supreme Court. Issues : 1.Whether a state law for civil liability that disregards intention abridges the freedom of speech and press guaranteed by the 1stand 14thAmendments when applied to an action brought by a public official against critics of his official conduct? 1. No. Rationale
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