Press: State of Mind

A libel case is scaled back

When Dan Burt, the attorney for retired General William Westmoreland in his $120 million libel suit against CBS News, made his opening statement to the jury last week, he relied heavily on assertions about the intentions of the producers of the documentary in question, The Uncounted Enemy. Among the most compelling evidence that CBS must face is its own in-house investigation, which Burt forced it to make public. Ironically, just as the case came to trial, a federal judge threw out most of a precedent-setting earlier case-also involving...

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