Constitutional Law Keyed to Stone
Cox Broadcasting Corp. v. Cohn
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In the course of the trial of the matter, the Appellant No. 1, Wassell (Appellant No. 1), a reporter, learned the name of the victim from an examination of the indictments. Later, Appellant No. 1 broadcast over station WSB-TV, a television station owned by the Appellant No. 2, Cox Broadcasting Corp. (Appellant), a news report of the proceedings. The report named the victim and was repeated the following day. The Georgia Supreme Court rejected Appellants’ contention that the victim’s name was a matter of public interest and, thus, could be published with impunity. However, the court also remanded to enable the jury to determine whether the public disclosure of the victim’s name actually invaded Appellee’s zone of privacy and whether the invasion was done with willful or negligent disregard for the fact that reasonable men would find the invasion highly offensive.
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