"The First Amendment not only lives, it rocks," Oprah happily exclaimed when the jury handed down its decision after two days of deliberation. The Oprah case was the first big test of the Texas statute that protects agricultural products from false and disparaging remarks.
Its failure spells uncertainty for passage of a similar bill in Missouri.Representative Hegeman supports what's called the veggie libel bill, but doubts that it will become law. Like the Texas statute, this bill would punish any person who knowingly disseminates false statements regarding agricultural products.
For KMOX News, this is Caroline Noel.