Dean Lidsky Writes Essay for First Amendment News

For its 200th issue, the First Amendment News invited 15 women to write essays about free speech law. Dean Lyrissa Lidsky’s essay, “Libel, Lies, and Conspiracy Theories,” discusses the libel suits by Sandy Hook parents against Alex Jones of Infowars.

Dean Lidsky contends that examining the Sandy Hook parents’ libel suits against Jones helps illuminate the limits of the First Amendment and illustrates some of the problems libel law faces in the “post-truth” era.

She says that “drawing the line” between free speech and libel “is easy when purveyors of malicious lies are harming the reputations of innocent individuals, such as the Sandy Hook parents.” Moreover, drawing this line “helps guarantee that public discourse retains a necessary anchor in truth, because public discourse without such is meaningless.”