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Flynt v. Lombardi

United States Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit

April 7, 2015

Larry C. Flynt, Movant - Appellant, David Zink; Michael S. Worthington; John E. Winfield; Michael Anthony Taylor; Leon Taylor; Walter T. Storey; Herbert Smulls; William L. Rousan; Earl Ringo, Jr.; Roderick Nunley; Allen L. Nicklasson; John C. Middleton; Paul T. Goodwin; Joseph Franklin; Jeffrey R. Ferguson; Andre Cole; Reginald Clemons; Cecil Clayton; Mark Christeson; Russell Bucklew; David Barnett, Plaintiffs
v.
George A. Lombardi; David R. Dormire; Terry Russell; John Does, 2-40, Defendants - Appellees; Public Citizen, Inc.; Missouri Press Association; Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press; Advance Publications Inc.; American Society of News Editors; Association of Alternative Newsmedia; Courthouse News Service; the E.W. Scripps Company; First Amendment Coalition; the McClatchy Company; MediaNews Group, Inc., doing business as Digital First Media; National Press Photographers Association; New York Times Company; Newspaper Association of America; POLITICO LLC; the Washington Post, Amici on Behalf of Appellant(s); Larry C. Flynt, Movant - Appellant, Earl Ringo, Jr.; John C. Middleton; Russell Bucklew; John E. Winfield; Dennis Skillicorn; Leon Taylor; Roderick Nunley; Jeffrey R. Ferguson; Richard D. Clay; Allen L. Nicklasson; Joseph Franklin; Martin Link; Mark Christeson; William L. Rousan; David Barnett; Cecil Clayton; Michael Anthony Taylor; Herbert Smulls, Plaintiffs
v.
George A. Lombardi; Terry Russell; John Doe, Defendants - Appellees; Public Citizen, Inc.; Missouri Press Association; Advance Publications Inc.; American Society of News Editors; Association of Alternative Newsmedia; Courthouse News Service; the E.W. Scripps Company; First Amendment Coalition; the McClatchy Company; MediaNews Group, Inc., doing business as Digital First Media; National Press Photographers Association; New York Times Company; Newspaper Association of America; POLITICO LLC; Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press; the Washington Post Company, Amici on Behalf of Appellant(s)

Submitted January 14, 2015

Page 964

Appeals from United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri - Jefferson City.

For Larry C. Flynt, Movant - Appellant (14-1187): Anthony E. Rothert, AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION OF MISSOURI FOUNDATION, Saint Louis, MO; Gillian R. Wilcox, ACLU OF MISSOURI FOUNDATION, Kansas City, MO.

For George A. Lombardi, David R. Dormire, Terry Russell, John Does, 2-40, Defendants - Appellees (14-1187): Andrew Bailey; Susan D. Boresi, Gregory Michael Goodwin, Assistant Attorney General, Stephen David Hawke, Assistant Attorney General, Michael Joseph Spillane, Assistant Attorney General, ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE, Jefferson City, MO.

For Public Citizen, Inc., Missouri Press Association, Amicus on Behalf of Appellant(s) (14-1187): Paul Alan Levy, Scott Michelman, PUBLIC CITIZEN LITIGATION GROUP, Washington, DC; Jean Maneke, MANEKE LAW GROUP, Kansas City, MO.

For Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, Advance Publications Inc., American Society of News Editors, Association of Alternative Newsmedia, Courthouse News Service, The E.W. Scripps Company, First Amendment Coalition, The McClatchy Company, MediaNews Group, Inc., doing business as Digital First Media, National Press Photographers Association, New York Times Company, Newspaper Association of America, POLITICO LLC, The Washington Post, Amicus on Behalf of Appellant(s) (14-1187): Bruce David Brown, Emily Grannis, Gregg Leslie, REPORTERS COMMITTEE FOR FREEDOM OF THE PRESS, Washington, DC; Benjamin Alan Lipman, LEWIS & RICE, Saint Louis, MO.

For Larry C. Flynt, Movant - Appellant (14-1202): Anthony E. Rothert, AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION OF MISSOURI FOUNDATION, Saint Louis, MO; Gillian R. Wilcox, ACLU OF MISSOURI FOUNDATION, Kansas City, MO.

For George A. Lombardi, Terry Russell, John Doe, Defendants - Appellees (14-1202): Gregory Michael Goodwin, Stephen David Hawke, Michael Joseph Spillane, Assistant Attorney General, ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE, Jefferson City, MO.

For Public Citizen, Inc., Amicus on Behalf of Appellant(s) (14-1202): Paul Alan Levy, Scott Michelman, PUBLIC CITIZEN LITIGATION GROUP, Washington, DC; Jean Maneke, MANEKE LAW GROUP, Kansas City, MO.

For Missouri Press Association, Amicus on Behalf of Appellant(s) (14-1202): Scott Michelman, PUBLIC CITIZEN LITIGATION GROUP, Washington, DC.

For Advance Publications Inc., American Society of News Editors, Association of Alternative Newsmedia, Courthouse News Service, The E.W. Scripps Company, First Amendment Coalition, The McClatchy Company, MediaNews Group, Inc., doing business as Digital First Media, National Press Photographers Association, New York Times Company, Newspaper Association of America, POLITICO LLC, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, The Washington Post Company, Amicus on Behalf of Appellant(s) (14-1202): Bruce David Brown, Emily Grannis, Gregg Leslie, REPORTERS COMMITTEE FOR FREEDOM OF THE PRESS, Washington, DC; Benjamin Alan Lipman, LEWIS & RICE, Saint Louis, MO.

Before RILEY, Chief Judge, BEAM and COLLOTON, Circuit Judges.

OPINION


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