Petitioner Hustler Magazine, Inc. Respondent Jerry Falwell, a nationally known minister who has been active as a commentator on politics and public affairs, sued petitioner and its publisher, petitioner Larry Flynt, to recover damages for invasion of privacy, libel, and intentional infliction of emotional distress. The District Court directed a verdict against respondent on the privacy claim, and submitted the other two claims to a jury.
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It seemed that there was nothing that could shock Hustler readers anymore. Tinsley, was arrested. Art, it appeared, had imitated life.
After 23 years. Godfrey Mwapembwa, better known to Kenyans and followers of his work around the world as GADO, talks of this moment with shades of disbelief on his face. Every few minutes, he returns to one statement that perhaps sums up what feeling filled up that blankness he was initially confronted by; betrayal.
The reason why this nation must have an intelligent, sensitive and reasonable Supreme Court capable of rising above political and personal prejudice needs no clearer illustration than the legal struggle going on between heaven and hell. On one side is the heavenly Jerry Falwell, radical right-wing political preacher of the highest order, and on the other the hellish Larry Flynt, bizarre magazine smut peddler of the lowest variety. The legal issue here ought to be relatively simple: Does Mr.
Lead image by Matt Wuerker. This one, which took place about 30 years ago, turned out to be another seminal test of free speech and the latitude given to cartoonists and satirists. So he sued Hustler for libel, invasion of privacy and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Hustler magazine was not, to say the least, a paragon of journalism, much less a sterling example of the fruits of freedom of speech, but as this case worked its way all the way to the Supreme Court, it became exactly that.
In MayDwaine Tinsley stood at the summit of an unlikely career. The product of a broken, trailer-trash marriage, he was a high school dropout who had decided to become a professional cartoonist while serving a six-year sentence in a Maryland prison for burglary. His primary personal contribution — spawned amidst a national hysteria that saw a plague of child sexual abuse arising everywhere from pre-school staffs to satanic sects — was "Chester the Molester," a hulking middle-aged man who craved pre-pubescent girls.