Reckless disregard of the truth

1disregard 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)
2a 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)