January 17, 2014

A COURTROOM WIN FOR EUGENE VOLOKH: Bloggers = Media for First Amendment Libel Law Purposes. “The protections of the First Amendment do not turn on whether the defendant was a trained journalist, formally affiliated with traditional news entities, engaged in conflict-of-interest disclosure, went beyond just assembling others’ writings, or tried to get both sides of a story. As the Supreme Court has accurately warned, a First Amendment distinction between the institutional press and other speakers is unworkable.” That’s absolutely right, but it’s always nice to see the courts agree.