Brief Fact Summary. A newspaper reported the name of a crime victim against her wishes.
Synopsis of Rule of Law. If truthful information is lawfully obtained about a matter of public interest, then the state may not punish the publication of this information.
Even assuming the Constitution permitted a State to proscribe receipt of information, Florida has not taken this step.View Full Point of Law
Issue. Is there an invasion of privacy when information is truthfully reported from public records?
Held. No. This conduct may be punished only when there is a narrowly tailored, significant state interest in doing so.
Dissent. There is no public interest in publishing or identifying the victims of crime. Therefore, Respondent should be compensated for Petitioner’s conduct.
Discussion. There is no legitimate state interest in the censorship of the media to protect an individual’s identity.