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St. Amant v. Thompson
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The Defendant made a televised political speech during which he read questions and answers he had previously asked a union member. The answers falsely charged the Plaintiff, a deputy sheriff, with criminal conduct. The trial judge awarded damages for defamation. The intermediate appellate court reversed, finding that the Defendant had not acted with actual malice. The Louisiana Supreme Court reversed, finding sufficient evidence that the Defendant acted with reckless disregard for the truth. The United States Supreme Court (Supreme Court) granted certiorari.
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