Supreme Court lets Ohio ruling on principals stand

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. Supreme Court let stand in December a state court ruling that public school principals are neither "public figures" nor "public officials" for the purposes of defamation law.

The Court, without comment, rejected an appeal of an Ohio Supreme Court decision, which stated that public school principals do not "occupy a position of such persuasive power and influence" that they can be deemed "public figures" in libel cases.    

reports, Spring 2000