After a Tough Week, Media Scores Texas High Court Win

In contrast to the hit last week that the media took from the Trump administration, a Texas reporter and newspaper—and their pro bono lawyers of 13 years—have won a First Amendment victory in the Texas Supreme Court.

The Texas Supreme Court in an opinion released Jan. 27 found that a news article in the West Fort Bend Star covered a matter of public concern, which meant the trial court below should have made plaintiff Wade Brady meet a tougher standard in proving that statements in the article were false and that the media defendants acted with actual malice. The decision in Brady v. Klentzman, however, was not a complete victory for the newspaper. The justices ordered a new trial.

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