Press: Newswatch Is It Fact Or Opinion?

The courts are now being threatened by "a freshening stream of libel actions, which often seem as much designed to punish writers and publications as to recover damages for real injuries." This warning comes from Federal Judge Robert Bork, a respected conservative who is considered the leading judicial candidate for President Reagan's next appointment to the Supreme Court.

Bork was one of a 6-to-5 majority on the District of Columbia Court of Appeals that voted last month to dismiss a libel suit against Rowland Evans and Robert Novak, whose Washington column appears in about 180 newspapers. In his 37-page concurring opinion...

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