Norwood v. Soldier of Fortune Magazine

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Soldier of Fortune magazine published classified ads by defendants Jackson and Savage for each man's service as a "gun for hire." Defendant Gray allegedly hired these two men to assassinate plaintiff Norwood. But Norwood survived and sued Soldier of Fortune for publishing the ads. Before trial, the magazine filed a motion for summary judgment on the ground that the First Amendment gave them an absolute privilege to publish the ads. In Norwood v. Soldier of Fortune Magazine, 651 F. Supp. 1397 (W.D. Ark. 1987), the district court disagreed and denied the magazine's motion for summary judgment.

U.S. District Court, Western District of Arkansas, Fayetteville Division

651 F. Supp. 1397

Norman Douglas Norwood, Plaintiff,  v.  SOLDIER OF FORTUNE MAGAZINE, INC., A Colorado Corporation, A Subsidiary of Omega Group, Ltd., A Colorado Corporation; Larry Elgin Gray; Michael Wayne Jackson; Richard Michael Savage; Sean Trevor Doutre; Dean Deluca; William Buckley; and Deborah Mattingly, Defendants.

No. Civ. 86-5051. --- Delivered: Jan. 29, 1987. 

Court Documents
Opinion of the Court

John Wesley Hall, Jr. and Larry D. Vaught, Hall & Vaught, Little Rock, Ark., for plaintiff.

S. Hubert Mayes, Jr., Laser, Sharp & Mayes, Little Rock, Ark., for Soldier of Fortune Magazine, Inc. and Omega Group, Ltd.

Timothy W. Floyd, University of Georgia School of Law Legal Aid and Defender Society, Athens, Ga., for defendant Sean T. Doutre.

[Memorandum opinion by Chief Judge H. FRANKLIN WATERS.]

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