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TheDailyBeast.com: Most Divisive Supreme Court Decisions

Hustler v. Falwell

In 1983 "Hustler" magazine ran a parody of conservative evangelical minister Jerry Falwell, saying he had lost his virginity to his mother in an outhouse. Falwell sued for libel and infliction of emotional distress. A jury awarded Falwell $150,000, but "Hustler" publisher Larry Flynt appealed. The Supreme Court eventually ruled 8–0 that Flynt and "Hustler" were protected by the First Amendment.

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