New york times v sullivan civil rights libel law and the free press landmark law cases american society kermit l hall melvin i urofsky on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers illuminating a classic case from the turbulent civil rights era of the 1960s two of americas foremost legal historians kermit hall and melvin urofsky provide a compact and highly readable . New york times v sullivan civil rights libel law and the free press the justices recognizing that alabamas application of libel law threatened both the nations free press and equal rights for african americans unanimously sided with the times additional titles in the landmark law cases and american society series join our email . Find helpful customer reviews and review ratings for new york times v sullivan civil rights libel law and the free press landmark law cases american society at amazoncom read honest and unbiased product reviews from our users. New york times v sullivan is one of the the great cases that helped define and expand rights protected by the constitution in the united states another is gideon vwainwrightthe first involved freedom of the press and the right to criticism government officials without fear the second the right of those accused of felonies to have counsel if they cant afford to pay a lawyer. New york times co v sullivan 376 us 254 1964 was a landmark united states supreme court case that established the actual malice standard that must be met for press reports about public officials to be considered libel the decision defended free reporting of the civil rights campaigns in the southern united states it is one of the key decisions supporting the freedom of the press
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