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New York Times v. Sullivan

Significance, Supreme Court Protects The Press, Actual Malice Standards, Further Readings


The New York Times Company


L. B. Sullivan

Appellant's Claim

That the Supreme Court of Alabama's affirmation of a libel judgment against the Times violated the free speech and due process rights as defined by the First and Fourteenth Amendments of the Constitution and certain Supreme Court decisions; also, that an advertisement published in the Times was not libelous and the Supreme Court should reverse the decision of the Alabama trial court.

Chief Lawyers for Appellant

Herbert Brownell, Thomas F. Daly and Herbert Wechsler

Chief Lawyers for Appellee

Sam Rice Baker, M. Roland Nachman, Jr. and Robert E. Steiner III

Justices for the Court

Hugo Lafayette Black, William J. Brennan, Jr. (writing for the Court), Tom C. Clark, William O. Douglas, Arthur Goldberg, John Marshall Harlan II, Potter Stewart, Earl Warren, Byron R. White

Justices Dissenting



Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

9 March 1964


The Alabama courts' decisions were reversed.

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  • DeJonge v. Oregon, 299 U.S. 353 (1937).
  • Lovell v. Griffin, 303 U.S. 444 (1938).
  • Terminiello v. Chicago, 337 U.S. 1 (1949).
  • Roth v. United States, 354 U.S. 476 (1957).
  • Speiser v. Randall, 357 U.S. 513 (1958).
  • NAACP v. Button, 371 U.S. 415 (1963).


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Law Library - American Law and Legal InformationNotable Trials and Court Cases - 1963 to 1972