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Thomas Wants To Open Up Libel Laws. Don't Count On It.

By Bill Donahue (February 19, 2019, 7:24 PM EST) -- Overturning decades of U.S. Supreme Court case law that shields the media from defamation lawsuits — as suggested Tuesday by Justice Clarence Thomas — would be as radical as it sounds, and First Amendment experts say it's unlikely the rest of the court has any appetite for doing so.

Weighing in after the court refused to hear a libel case lodged against Bill Cosby, Justice Thomas urged his fellow justices on Tuesday to reconsider the court's landmark 1964 ruling New York Times v. Sullivan, which made it difficult for public figures to sue the media for defamation.

In doing so, he didn't mince...

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