67 Alb. L. Rev. 1097 (2003-2004)
Suing the Media, Supporting the First Amendment: The Paradox of Neville Johnson and the Battle for Privacy

handle is hein.journals/albany67 and id is 1111 raw text is: SUING THE MEDIA, SUPPORTING THE FIRST
AMENDMENT: THE PARADOX OF NEVILLE JOHNSON
AND THE BATTLE FOR PRIVACY
Robert D. Richards* and Clay Calvert**
I. INTRODUCTION
In early August 2003, a brief, one-sentence letter arrived in the
mailbox at the home of Carolyn Condit in sweltering Ceres,
California.' While short in length and terse in tone-its words were
carefully measured, the letter reflecting the art of legal negotiation
and compromise-the missive nonetheless represented a sweet
victory for the wife of scandal-plagued former Congressman Gary
Condit:
American Media, Inc., National Enquirer, Inc. and Star
Editorial Inc. sincerely apologize to you for the information
in the articles that were published concerning you in the
August 7, 2001 and September 4, 2001 editions of The
National Enquirer, as well as the September 11, 2001 edition
of The Star, and regret the personal ramifications that
followed.2
The letter, along with an undisclosed monetary sum, marked the
end of Carolyn Condit's ten million dollar libel suit against the
* Professor of Journalism & Law and Founding Co-Director of the Pennsylvania Center for
the First Amendment at The Pennsylvania State University. B.A., 1983, M.A. 1984,
Communications, The Pennsylvania State University; J.D., 1987, The American University.
Member, State Bar of Pennsylvania.
** Associate Professor of Communications & Law and Co-Director of the Pennsylvania
Center for the First Amendment at The Pennsylvania State University. B.A., 1987,
Communication, Stanford University; J.D. (Order of the Coif), 1991, McGeorge School of Law,
University of the Pacific; Ph.D., 1996, Communication, Stanford University. Member, State
Bar of California. The authors thank Rachel Frankel, Lee Langston, and Sean Misko of the
Schreyer Honors College at The Pennsylvania State University for their research and editing
assistance, and Kathleen W. Collins for her generous financial support.
Letter from Michael B. Kahane, General Counsel for American Media, Inc., to Carolyn
Condit (Aug. 5, 2003) (on file with authors).
2 Id.

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