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St. Amant v. Thompson
Citation:390 U.S. 727, 88 S.Ct. 1323, 20 L.Ed.2d 262
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St. Amant (defendant) made a televised political speech. In his speech, St. Amant falsely accused Thompson (plaintiff), a deputy sheriff, of criminal conduct. Thompson successfully brought a defamation suit against St. Amant in a Louisiana trial court. After trial, the New York Times v. Sullivan case was decided, initiating a set of appeals to determine whether St. Amant’s false statements were made with actual malice.
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