President Donald Trump was rightly castigated when he said that libel laws should be changed to make it harder to criticize public figures. Trump’s suggestion wasn’t just self-serving; it smacked of hypocrisy coming from a man who made wild accusations about his critics and political opponents.
But Trump isn’t alone in raising the question of whether the Supreme Court has made it too hard for people whose reputations have been damaged to receive compensation. Some legal scholars have expressed similar concerns. Now two members of the Supreme Court are suggesting that the court revisit a series of decisions stretching back to the 1960s that placed barriers in the way of many libel suits.