Torts Keyed to Henderson
Godbehere v. Phoenix Newspapers, Inc.
In the spring and summer of 1985, Phoenix Newspapers, Inc. (Defendant), publisher ofThe Arizona RepublicandPhoenix Gazettenewspapers, ran over 50 articles, editorials, and columns about Maricopa County Sheriff, Richard Godbehere (Plaintiff), and several deputies and other employees of the sheriff’s department reporting that they were allegedly engaged in illegal activities, illegal arrests, misuse of funds, police brutality, and general incompetence. Plaintiff and the other named individuals brought suit against Defendant for libel and false light invasion of privacy. The trial court granted Defendant’s motion to dismiss for failure to state a claim as to the invasion of privacy claims and the court of appeals affirmed. Plaintiff and the other plaintiffs appealed.
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