Reckless disregard of the truth

Definition
1  : disregard of the truth or falsity of a defamatory statement by a person who is highly aware of its probable falsity or entertains serious doubts about its truth or when there are obvious reasons to doubt the veracity and accuracy of a source <the knowingly false statement and the false statement made with reckless disregard of the truth, do not enjoy constitutional protection ­Garrison v. Louisiana, 379 U.S. 64 (1964)>
2  : a reckless lack of attention to the truth that misleads or deceives another (as a magistrate) <whether false statements were made intentionally or in reckless disregard of the truth in support of the warrant ­State v. O'Neil, 879 P.2d 950 (1994)>



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