New York Times V. Sullivan Case Brief

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New York Times v Sullivan (1964) In 1960, the New York Times ran a full page story paid for by civil right activist. The advertisement criticized the Montgomery Alabama police department for the way that they handled and treated civil right protesters. It alleged that Martin Luther King, Jr arrest was a form of perjury revolving around a campaign that wanted to discourage African Americans to not follow King. Although most of the information presented in the ad was true, some of it was false accusations against the police department and more importantly, the police commissioner L.B. Sullivan. The entirety of the 10 paragraph article was solely about civil right activist, but Sullivan took offense to the advertisement saying that he had been libeled and the article damaged his reputation. He opened a lawsuit against the New York Times and four black…show more content…
The Times stated that under the First Amendment “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances” and under the Fourteenth Amendment “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside. No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”, that they are guaranteed the freedom of speech and of

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