The actual standard of malice has sometimes been criticized by people in the public who think the test makes it too difficult for them to restore their reputation, and by the news media who have complained that the standard does not provide sufficient protection for free speech. In the context of the First Amendment, public officials and public figures must meet a standard that proves actual malice in order to make amends for defamation or defamation. The standard is based on the landmark New York Times v. Sullivan, 376 U.S. 254, 84 pp. C. 710, 11 L. Ed. 2d 686 (1964), in which the Supreme Court held that public officials and public figures can only be awarded damages if they prove that the person accused of giving false testimony did so with knowledge of the false testimony or with reckless ignorance of the truth or falsity of the statement. Proof of malice in this context does not require the applicant to prove that the person making the statement has shown malice or hatred towards the public official or public figure.
In subsequent cases, the Supreme Court has considered the very test of malice in the context of defamation. In St. Amant v. Thompson (1968), the court recognized the standard as subjective and required proof that the defendant did have doubts about the truth or falsity of a story. It extended the application of the test of actual malice to public figures, not just public servants, in Curtis Publishing Co. v. Butts (1967). Bad intent to cause injury. It is not limited to the intention to harm a particular person, but extends to the diabolical plan, a corrupt and evil idea against someone at the time of committing the crime; for if A intended to poison B, hide much poison in an apple, and put him in the path of B, and C, against whom he had no ill will, and who, on the contrary, was his friend, accidentally ate him and died, A will be guilty of murdering C with evil intentions. n. deliberate and intentional misconduct of a civil wrong, such as defamation (written false testimony about another person) or a criminal act, such as assault or murder, with intent to cause harm to the victim.
This intention implies malevolence, hatred or total disregard for the well-being of the other. Often the despicable nature of the act itself involves malice, without the Party saying, “I did it because I was angry with him and hated him,” which would be explicit malice. Malevolence is an element of first-degree murder. In a defamation (defamation and defamation) suit, the existence of fraudulent intent may extend the judgment to include general damages. Proof of malice is absolutely necessary for a “public figure” to win a defamation lawsuit. In July 2021, Justices Clarence Thomas and Neil Gorsuch wrote separate dissenting opinions on a rejection of certiorari in the Berisha v. Lawson, who said the actual standard of malevolence needed to be reviewed. Gorsuch argued that the media landscape has changed dramatically since the New York Times decision. In English civil law (the law of England and Wales), relevant case law on negligence and misconduct in public office includes Dunlop v.
Woollahra Municipal Council  A.C. 158; Bourgoin S.A. v. Ministère de l`agriculture, des pêcheries et de l`alimentation  Q.B. 716; Jones v. Swansea City Council  1 WLR 1453; Three Rivers District Council and Others v Governor and Company of The Bank of England,  and Elguzouli-Daf v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis,  2 QB 335, in which Steyn LJ. established that malice could be established if the acts were committed with the real intent to cause harm. Malicious intent can be demonstrated if the acts were committed with knowledge of nullity or impotence and knowing that they would or could cause harm.
Malevolence would also exist if the acts were committed with reckless indifference or wilful blindness to that disability or powerlessness and probable harm. With all due respect, these elements are consistent with the views of the majority, even if some of these views were expressed provisionally, given the basis on which the case before them was presented. The Supreme Court expanded the scope of the First Amendment to protect the news media from other types of lawsuits aimed at protecting the privacy of individuals, including those alleging intentional infliction of emotional distress, as in Hustler Magazine v. Falwell (1988); disclosure of private facts under Florida Star v.J.F. (1989); and portraying someone in a false light, as in Time Inc. v. Hill (1967). In all these cases, the Court applied the same factual test of malice in order to further recognize the principle of freedom and freedom of expression in a democratic society. In its legal application, the term fraudulent intent is broad and refers to any legal act committed intentionally without valid reason or excuse. It does not necessarily involve personal hatred or bad feelings, but focuses on the mental state that recklessly despises the law in general and the legal rights of others. An example of a malicious act would be the commission of the criminal act of defamation by calling a non-drinker an alcoholic in front of his employees.
The Sullivan decision overturned the damages against the New York Times, but only six of the nine justices fully agreed with Judge William J.