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Murphy v. Boston Herald, Inc.

Docket #SJC-09782
Date February 8, 2007
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JusticesMarshall, C.J., Greaney, Ireland, Spina, Cowin, JJ.
SummaryLibel and slander. Constitutional law, Libel and slander, Freedom of speech and press. Judge. Malice. Damages, Libel. Evidence, State of mind.
Appealed FromSuffolk Superior Court, Justice Charles R. Johnson
Counsel for Appellant
Boston Herald, Inc.:  Bruce W. Sanford, Bruce D. Brown, Jeffrey P. Hermes
Counsel for Appellee
Murphy:  Michael Avery, Howard M. Cooper
Amici CuriaeAssociated Press, Massachusetts Newspaper Publishers Association, Newspaper Association of America, New England Newspaper Association, Reporters Committee for Freedon, Society of Professional Journalists, ABC, Inc., CBS Corporation, Community Newspapers, Enterprise Newsmedia, Republican Company, Ottaway Newspapers, Dow Jones & Company, E.W. Scripps Company, Washington Post

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