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Once upon a time, the California Supreme Court held a national magazine liable for revealing that a man had been convicted of a felony (an armed robbery that included "a gun battle with the local police"). Why? The Court felt it was an invasion of privacy.

One day, 30 years later, in Gates v. Discovery Communications, Inc., the California Supreme Court overturned the decision and declared that people are free to tell the truth about others' past crimes. Excellent, declared blogfather Eugene Volokh, who calls the decision "a victory for free speech."

Find out why here, as Volokh quotes from his 2000 article, "Freedom of Speech and Information Privacy: The Troubling Implications of a Right to Stop People From Speaking About You."

Posted by Laurel Newby on December 21, 2004 at 11:07 AM | Permalink | TrackBack (0)


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