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Acclaimed by researchers, students, and general readers, this informative, lively, and easy-to-use volume fills the public need for information about key recent and historical cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. Now significantly updated, this new edition includes all the new major cases-over twenty five in total-handed down by the Court since the first edition was published in 2000. The new entries include many high-profile cases that have stirred public controversy, including: Boy Scouts of America v. Dale (2000), granting the right to exclude homosexuals from leadership positions in the Boy Scouts; Bush v. Gore (2000), ceasing ballot recounts in the 2000 presidential election; PGA Tour v. Martin (2001), obliging the PGA to accommodate a disabled golfer; Lawrence v. Texas (2003), stating that a law criminalizing same-sex sodomy violates due process; Gratz/Grutter v. Bollinger (2003), stating that an affirmative action program to achieve diversity in universities may or may not violate the equal protection clause, depending on how it's implemented. In each of the over 100 cases summarized, author Tony Mauro succinctly describes the decision, provides background and facts of the case, the vote and highlights of the decision with verbatim excerpts, and, in conclusion, discusses the long-term impact of the decision on United States citizens and U.S. society. Topic search aids let readers easily trace the evolution and impact of rulings in particular issue areas. Added features also enhance the volume, including many new portraits, political cartoons, and drawings, a comprehensive bibliography and an easy-to-access case/subject index. A perfect starting point for research on Supreme Court decisions, this newly updated volume is an essential addition to every public, high school, and college library.

New York Times Co. v. Sullivan
New York Times Co. v. Sullivan

Decided March 9, 1964

376 U.S. 254

http://laws.findlaw.com/US/376/254.html

Decision

The First Amendment protects the media from libel suits for reports that defame public officials—even when those reports are false—unless it can be shown that the media organization acted with “actual malice.” Under that standard, to win money damages, the defamed official must prove that the reporter or organization knew the statement was false or recklessly did not care whether it was true or false.

Background

During the early days of the civil rights movement, the white establishment of the South viewed the northern press as an enemy. By reporting on white resistance to integration and on continued mistreatment of blacks by whites, northern journalists helped build up pressure for change.

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