A Guide Through the Legal Jungle Trivia Question
In 1995, the National Examiner newspaper ran a headline relating to the O.J. Simpson murder trial entitled “COPS THINK KATO DID IT!”. The headline may have suggested that the police suspected Brian “Kato” Kaelin, Simpson’s infamous houseguest, of murdering Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman. However, the actual story which appeared in the paper seventeen pages later discussed Kaelin’s alleged perjury. Kaelin sued the paper for defamation. In whose favor did the court ultimately rule?
- Kaelin, because the headline was based on mere conjecture and hearsay, and not on any factual allegation.
- Kaelin,because the headline could falsely convey to readers that Kaelin had been accused of the murders.
- The newspaper, because all news reporting is protected by the First Amendment.
- The newspaper, because Kaelin was in fact accused of perjury by investigators and truth is an absolute defense to defamation.