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Tory v. Cochran

544 U.S. 734 (2005)

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Tory v. Cochran

United States Supreme Court

544 U.S. 734 (2005)

Facts

Johnnie Cochran (plaintiff) sued Ulysses Tory (defendant) for defamation. Cochran sought an injunction preventing any further defamation. The trial court found that Tory engaged in an extensive pattern of defamation, including both libel and slander, against Cochran. Tory used this false speech to extort money from Cochran in exchange for ceasing the speech. The trial court granted Cochran a permanent injunction, enjoining Tory and his agents and representatives from picketing, displaying signs, and saying anything verbally about Cochran or his law firm in any public forum. The California Court of Appeal affirmed. The United States Supreme Court granted certiorari. After oral argument before the Supreme Court, Cochran passed away.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Breyer, J.)

Dissent (Thomas, J.)

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