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Tory v. Cochran

Docket No.: 03-1488
Certiorari Granted: Sep 28 2004
Argued: March 22, 2005
Decided: May 31, 2005


Amendment 1: Speech, Press, and Assembly, First Amendment, Eighth Amendment, First Amendment, habeas, harmless error, privacy

PartyNames: Ulysses Tory, et al. v. Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr.
Petitioner: Ulysses Tory, et al.
Respondent: Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr.

Court Below: Court of Appeal of California, Second Appellate District
Citation: 2003 WL 22451378 (Cal.App. 2 Dist.)
Supreme Court Docket

Ulysses Tory, et al.
Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr.
544 U.S. 734 (2005)
Question Presented:

Whether a permanent injunction as a remedy in a defamation action, preventing all future speech about an admitted public figure, violates the First Amendment.


Did a judge's order that someone stop making defaming statements about a public figure, even after that figure's death, violate the First Amendment right to free speech?

Tory v. Cochran

March 22, 2005

Holding: vacated and remanded
Decision: Decision: 7 votes for Tory, 2 vote(s) against
Vote: 7-2

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Tory v. Cochran
Case Documents

1Opinion in Tory v. Cochran
2Opinion in Tory v. Cochran
3Slip Opinion in Tory v. Cochran
Additional documents for this case are pending review.