Scalia: Libel Ruling Was Wrong


antonin-scaliaJustice Antonin Scalia thinks the Supreme Court’s most significant decision on freedom of the press “was wrong.”

During a joint appearance with Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the National Press Club Thursday evening, Scalia said “I think the Framers would have been appalled,” at the ruling in New York Times vs. Sullivan, the landmark case which turns 50 this spring. “It was revising the Constitution.”

In 1964, the Supreme Court threw out a libel suit by a Montgomery, Ala., police commissioner against The New York Times, claiming he was defamed by an ad in the paper, though it did not name him. The ruling established that in order to sue a media outlet for libel, public officials must prove that a statement presented as fact was not only false but published with “actual malice” or “reckless disregard” for the truth. Read more at the Los Angeles Times.

{Andy Newscenter}


  1. The framers would not have tattooed the same way that Scalia tattooed himself with the words “insufficient funds”. Never again.

  2. Scalia says he thinks, he certainly doesn’t know, what the Framers What we do know is that in a 9 to zero,I repeat 9 to zero decision the Supreme Court Justices decided in 1964 that the New York Times did not libel the Montgomery Alabama police commissioner. The Times vs. Sullivan is the landmark case in the protection of our right to free speech. It protects us all to speak express our opinions-agree or disagree. I believe, Scalia only wants to protect speech that he agrees with.