Clay Communications, Inc v. Sprouse Sprouse v. Clay Communications, Inc, 74-1384

Decision Date06 October 1975
Docket NumberNo. 74-1384,No. 75-17,74-1384,75-17
Citation96 S.Ct. 145,423 U.S. 882,46 L.Ed.2d 107
PartiesCLAY COMMUNICATIONS, INC. v. James M. SPROUSE. James M. SPROUSE v. CLAY COMMUNICATIONS, INC
CourtU.S. Supreme Court

Appeals of West Virginia.

The motion of American Newspaper Publishers Association for leave to file a brief, as amicus curiae, is granted. The petitions for writs of certiorari are denied. Mr. Justice BRENNAN would grant certiorari.

Mr. Justice DOUGLAS, being of the view, stated in his previous opinions1 and those of Mr. Justice Black,2 that any state or federal libel law imposing liability for discussion of public affairs abridges freedom of speech and of the press contrary to the First and Fourteenth Amendments, would grant certiorari in No. 74-1384 and summarily reverse.

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  • Thomas M. Cooley, Liberal Jurisprudence, and the Law of Libel, 1868-1884
    • United States
    • Seattle University School of Law Seattle University Law Review No. 4-01, September 1980
    • Invalid date
    ...Co. v. Butts, 388 U.S. 130 (1967). 200. See, e.g., Sprouse v. Clay Communications, Inc., 211 S.E.2d 674, 682 (W. Va.), cert, denied, 423 U.S. 882 (1975); Anderson, A Response, supra note 196, at 277-82. 201. See, e.g., Sprouse v. Clay Communications, Inc., 211 S.E.2d 674, 682-83 (W. Va.), c......

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