Gertz V. Robert Welch, Inc: The Story of a Landmark Libel Case

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Elmer Gertz recalls his long battle in what legal scholars regard as the second most important libel case in legal history: "Gertz v. Robert Welch, Inc." Gertz's ordeal began in Chicago during the violent peace demonstrations of 1968. A youth, Ronald Nelson, was killed by a Chicago policeman, Richard Nuccio. Gertz represented the Nelson family in civil suits against Nuccio and the Chicago police department. After Nuccio was convicted of murder, the John Birch Society published an article in its journal, "American Opinion, ...

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