1. WHAT IS LIBEL? WHAT ARE THE EFFECTS OF SOMETHING LIBELOUS? (WRITE ON BACK IF NEEDED.)  

 

2. MOST LIBELOUS STORIES ARE THE RESULT OF:

 

3. WHAT ARE THE THREE COMMON DEFENSES AGAINST LIBEL? EXPLAIN EACH DEFENSE. (WRITE ON BACK IF NEEDED.)  

 

4. EXPLAIN WHAT THE SUPREME COURT RULED IN TIMES VS. SULLIVAN. WHAT WAS THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE RULING? (WRITE ON BACK IF NEEDED.)  

 

5. DECIDE WHETHER EACH OF THE FOLLOWING EXAMPLES WOULD BE LIBELOUS. STATE WHICH DEFENSE WOULD BE USED IN THE EVENT OF A LIOBEL LAWSUIT.

A) A MUSIC CRITIC CALLS LADY GAGA'S LATEST CD A "PUTRID PIECE OF COMMERCIAL POP GARBAGE." 

 


B) AT A CITY COUNCIL MEETING, A PERSON IN THE AUDIENCE STANDS UP AND ACCUSES THE MAYOR OF RUNNING UNSANITARY SLUM TENEMENTS. YOU INCLUDE THIS IN YOUR ARTICLE ABOUT THE MEETING FOR THE LOCAL PAPER.

 


C) AN EDITORIAL IN THE LOCAL PAPER ACCUSES THE MAYOR OF BEING A CHILD MOLESTER, BUT OFFERS NO PROOF.