Thomas Urges High Court To Rethink Landmark Press Rulings

By Bill Donahue (February 19, 2019, 11:43 AM EST) -- Justice Clarence Thomas on Tuesday urged the U.S. Supreme Court to revisit landmark First Amendment rulings after the court refused to tackle a defamation case lodged against Bill Cosby by one of his rape accusers.

In a strongly worded concurrence, the justice called New York Times v. Sullivan and several related rulings, which created strong protections for the press, "policy-driven decisions masquerading as constitutional law" that ought to be revisited by the court in future cases.

"Instead of simply applying the First Amendment as it was understood by the people who ratified it, the court fashioned its own federal rules by...

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