Should executive officers have an absolute privilege to commit defamation? This is Professor Becht's inquiry as he traces the evolution and application of this privilege from its origin in England through its development in American state and federal courts. After balancing the factors for and against absolute immunity, the writer reaches the conclusion that officials should be reduced to a qualified privilege in defamation.
Arno C. Becht,
The Absolute Privilege of the Executive in Defamation,
15 Vanderbilt Law Review
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