reckless disregard of the truth

reckless dis·​re·​gard of the truth
variants: or reckless disregard for the truth

Legal Definition of reckless disregard of the truth

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 protectionGarrison 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 warrantState v. O'Neil, 879 P.2d 950 (1994)

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“Reckless disregard of the truth.” Merriam-Webster.com Legal Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/legal/reckless%20disregard%20of%20the%20truth. Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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