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Street v. National Broadcasting Co.
United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
645 F.2d 1227 (1981)
In 1931, nine Black youths were accused of rape in a case that captured national attention and divided public opinion. Decades later, a television movie was made about one of these Scottsboro trials. The movie portrayed the prosecutrix and main witness, Victoria Price Street (plaintiff), in a negative light. When the trials were originally in the news, Price was the subject of extensive press coverage, much of which she encouraged. Since then, Price had returned to a more private life. In fact, National Broadcasting Company (NBC) (defendant) initially broadcast the movie under the assumption that Street was dead. Street brought suit against NBC for libel and invasion of privacy. The United States District Court directed a verdict for NBC. Price appealed. The United States Court of Appeals granted certiorari.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Merritt, J.)
Dissent (Peck, J.)
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