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Troy Publishing Co. v. Norton

Issue(1) If a public official levels wild accusations against other public officials, may an observer safely report this behavior only if he believes that the allegations themselves are accurate, or does such an observer who views such allegations as bizarre or questionable have a First Amendment right nonetheless to let the public know about the behavior he witnessed, and does the public have a protected interest in learning about it? (2) Is the common law rule -- that automatically deems anyone who relays defamatory statements made by others to have adopted them -- consistent with the First Amendment’s protection of free speech, and if not, what republication may constitutionally be punished?
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