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Crane v. New York World Telegram Corporation
New York Court of Appeals
308 N.Y. 470 (1955)
A column in a newspaper owned by the New York World Telegram Corporation (the newspaper) (defendant) stated that John Crane (plaintiff) was under indictment. Crane, who had not been indicted by a grand jury, sued the newspaper for libel. The newspaper defended by claiming that Crane was indicted in the sense that Crane had been accused of crimes and by submitting the court document and allegations to the effect that Crane was a criminal. The trial court struck the newspaper’s defense as being insufficient at law. The appellate court reversed, holding that indictment could also mean accusation. Crane appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Fuld, J.)
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