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Clarence Thomas backs Trump's call for changing defamation law to ease suits against media

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In fact, Thomas said, the founders consistently opposed using federal law to override state common law, which controlled defamation actions at the time.

In the absence of a compelling constitutional basis to override common law, Thomas said, the Supreme Court had no business getting involved in state-level defamation law in the first place. Thomas' opinion came in an unrelated case in which the high court rejected an appeal from actress Kathrine McKee, who said comic icon Bill Cosby raped her in 1974.

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