Libel: A Needed Limit

When local right-wing extremists attacked him as a "Communist collaborator" during his campaign for the Minnesota state legislature in 1962, Sociologist Arnold M. Rose paid little attention. Neither did the voters who elected him. But when the attacks continued in a newsletter put out by Christian Research Inc., a Minneapolis outfit run by ex-Schoolteacher Gerda Koch, who says she belongs to the John Birch Society, Rose was deluged with bitter letters, unordered merchandise and anonymous, late-night phone calls. After he decided not to run for re-election and returned to teaching at the University of Minnesota in 1964, Miss Koch...

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