Mattie Woods v. Randal Bivins

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Supreme Court Case Name: 
Mattie Woods v. Randal Bivins
Case Date: 
1887
Court Origin: 
Circuit - Civil
Cause/Crime: 
Damages

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Division: 
Middle
Number of Pages: 
93
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Plaintiff brought suit against defendant for libel, for writing and publishing a series of scandalous letters to her referring to a possible tryst. Plaintiff claimed said letters caused immense social harm to her, and sought $10,000 damages. Civil court found for plaintiff and assessed damages at $2,000. Plaintiff was a 24 yr. old school teacher living in Noah TN in 1886; she had met defendant at his store in the same community.