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vs Sullivan Jennifer Koch Civics and Economics Block 2 Official Name New York Times Company vs Sullivan Case Heard January of 1964 Case Decided March of 1964 ID: 586075

sullivan times www york times sullivan york www proof company org oyez 1963 malice html false public law alabama supreme favor aclu




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New York Times vs. Sullivan

Jennifer Koch

Civics and Economics

Block 2Slide2

Official Name: New

York Times Company

vs. SullivanCase Heard: January of 1964Case Decided: March of 1964Plaintiff: NY Times Co.Defendant: L.B. SullivanNEW YORK TIMES v. SULLIVAN. The Oyez Project at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law. 22 October 2013. <http://www.oyez.org/cases/1960-1969/1963/1963_39>.

Case OverviewSlide3

Malice and falsity assumed

No proof of truth

Didn’t need proof of being harmed Sullivan won(in all courts except US Supreme)NEW YORK TIMES v. SULLIVAN. The Oyez Project at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law. 22 October 2013. <http://www.oyez.org/cases/1960-1969/1963/1963_39>.Alabama Public PolicySlide4

Sullivan was not even mentioned in the adNo proof of malice intent

Unaware of the false statements

1st Amendment Freedom of press Freedom of speechhttp://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/html/historics/USSC_CR_0376_0254_ZS.html Plaintiff (NY Times)Slide5

Montgomery city commissionerResponsible for police departmentNo proof ad was


Under Alabama lawAd contain some false statementshttp://www.infoplease.com/encyclopedia/history/new-york-times-company-v-sullivan.htmlDefendant(L.B. Sullivan)Slide6

New York Times Co.Washington Post CompanyThe Tribune Company

ACLU (American Civil Liberties

Union)SullivanNonehttp://aclu.procon.org/view.resource.php?resourceID=394 Amicus Curiae BriefsSlide7

Ruled in favor of NY Times Co.


in favor to 0 opposed1st amendment Published statements (even false)Unless made with malicehttp://www.infoplease.com/encyclopedia/history/new-york-times-company-v-sullivan.htmlSupreme Court DecisionSlide8

There was no dissenting opinion


to 0 rulinghttp://www.freedomforum.org/packages/first/defamationandfirstamendment/casesummaries.htm Dissenting Opinion Slide9

States can not award public officialsUnless

malice intent

is proven1st amendmentPublished statement (even false)About public officialsUnless malice intenthttp://caselaw.lp.findlaw.com/scripts/getcase.pl?court=US&vol=376&invol=254Present Public Policy