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Constitutional Law Keyed to Stone
Gertz v. Robert Welch, Inc.
ProfessorMelissa A. Hale
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In 1969, the Respondent, Robert Welch, Inc. (Respondent), publisher of American Opinion, a monthly outlet for the views of the John Birch Society, ran an article in which it accused the Petitioner of being the architect of a “frame-up” of Nuccio. The article stated that the Petitioner had a criminal record and a long history of communist affiliation. The Petitioner filed the instant case for libel and, after trial, the jury returned a verdict in his favor in the amount of $50,000. The trial court, nevertheless, entered Judgment N.O.V., concluding that the New York Times v. Sullivan standard applied to any discussion of a “public issue.” The Court of Appeals affirmed.
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