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Gertz v. Robert Welch, Inc.
Citation:418 U.S. 323, 94 S.Ct. 2997, 41 L.Ed.2d 789
ProfessorMelissa A. Hale
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Attorney Elmer Gertz (plaintiff-petitioner) was retained by the Nelson family in a civil suit against the police officer Richard Nuccio, who shot and killed a member of the Nelson family. American Opinion, a monthly magazine, published an article about Nuccio. Despite Gertz’s remote connection to Nuccio’s criminal suit, the article included numerous defamatory statements about Gertz. The article alleged that Gertz was the architect of a “frame-up” of Nuccio, labelled Gertz as a “Leninist” and a “Communist-fronter,” and falsely alleged that Gertz had a criminal record. The article was on sale at newsstands through the United States. Gertz brought suit against Robert Welch, Inc. (defendant-respondent), the magazine’s publisher, for libel.
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