‘A Profound National Commitment’ to ‘Robust’ Debate

New York Times

Public officials who sue for libel, must meet a high standard of proof and show that the publisher printed the statements knowing they were false or acted with “reckless disregard.”
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Alfred H. Knight, leading libel lawyer, dies

The legal community lost one of its best with the passing Oct. 10 of Alfred H. Knight, a Nashville-based attorney known for his legal acumen in defending libel cases and
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William O. Douglas: ardent First Amendment defender

No justice in Supreme Court history has ever showed a stronger commitment to freedom of speech than William O. Douglas, who served on the Court for a record 36-plus years.
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