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Gertz v. Robert Welch, Inc.
Citation:418 U.S. 323 (1974)
ProfessorMelissa A. Hale
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Gertz v. Robert Welch, Inc.
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The petitioner had been retained by a victim’s family in a civil suit against a Chicago policeman who were convicted of murder. The magazine charged the petitioner with being an architect of the “frame-up” of the policeman in the murder trial and called him a “Communist-fronter.” The district court entered a judgment in favor of the defendant on the grounds that the petitioner had not demonstrated that the American Opinion had requisite awareness of falsity.
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