The Supreme Court held that the First Amendment allows for public persons to win libel suits against journalists who deliberately distort the meaning of their statements.
Janet Malcolm, a contributor to The New Yorker magazine, published a two-part article that was highly critical of psychoanalyst Jeffrey Masson, a former director of the Sigmund Freud Archives. In a libel suit against Malcolm and the magazine, Masson claimed that many of the statements attributed to him in quotation marks were fabrications. Because he was a public person, New York Times Co. v. Sullivan
By a 7-2 vote, the Supreme Court rejected the lower courts’ judgment and remanded the case for a jury trial. Justice Anthony M. Kennedy’s
New York Times Co. v. Sullivan
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