Hustler Magazine, Inc. Falwell , U. In an 8—0 decision, the Court ruled in favor of Hustler magazine, holding that a parody ad published in the magazine depicting televangelist and political commentator Jerry Falwell Sr. Therefore, the Court held that the emotional distress inflicted on Falwell by the ad was not a sufficient reason to deny the First Amendment protection to speech that is critical of public officials and public figures.
Larry Flynt, Hustler Magazine Founder, Dies at 78
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Larry Flynt, the founder of Hustler magazine who became a surprising spokesperson for the First Amendment, has died at the age of The controversial publisher was the defendant in a number of First Amendment-based cases that reached the Supreme Court of the United States, including two precedent-setting cases involving personal jurisdiction and First Amendment protections in parody. Born in , Flynt served in the United States Navy, being honorably discharged in A year later, he purchases his mother's bar in Dayton, Ohio.
Hustler v. Falwell: 25 Years of Protected Satire
The Rev. Jerry Falwell, center, listens as his legal counsel, Norman Grutman, talks to reporters outside the U. Supreme Court Wednesday December 2, after a court session dealing with a suit filed by Falwell against Hustler magazine and its publisher Larry Flynt. At right is Falwell's wife, Macel Falwell.
The majority acknowledged that permitting broad First Amendment protections may lead to speech that is offensive or hurtful in its criticism of public figures. However, those protections remain in effect unless the speech is both false and made with actual malice. In other words, it must satisfy both the standard applied under state law and the standard in New York Times Co. Sullivan if the target is a public figure. This reasoning does not apply to speech that targets private citizens.