The Story of New York Times Co. v. Sullivan

First Amendment Stories, ed. Richard W. Garnett and Andrew Koppelman (New York: Thomson Reuters/Foundation Press, pp. 229-263, 2012 Forthcoming

Boston College Law School Legal Studies Research Paper No. 269

28 Pages Posted: 31 May 2012  

Mary-Rose Papandrea

University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill - School of Law

Date Written: May 30, 2012

Abstract

New York Times v. Sullivan is likely the most important First Amendment case the Supreme Court has ever decided. In this case, the Court first announced that the "central meaning" of the First Amendment is the protection of political debate and declared the nation's commitment to public discourse as "uninhibited, robust, and wide-open." There can be no doubt that these principles have had a huge impact on First Amendment jurisprudence. Its impact on journalism and public debate more generally, however, is less certain. In the digital age, the assumptions Sullivan made about the media, the marketplace of ideas, and the ability of individuals to defend their reputations through self-help measures are once again up for reconsideration.

Keywords: First Amendment, Supreme Court, New York Times v. Sullivan, civil rights movement, libel

Suggested Citation

Papandrea, Mary-Rose, The Story of New York Times Co. v. Sullivan (May 30, 2012). First Amendment Stories, ed. Richard W. Garnett and Andrew Koppelman (New York: Thomson Reuters/Foundation Press, pp. 229-263, 2012 Forthcoming; Boston College Law School Legal Studies Research Paper No. 269. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2070690

Mary-Rose Papandrea (Contact Author)

University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill - School of Law ( email )

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Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3380
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