Privacy lawsuits

Should wrongful intent or news-gathering methods by defendants have any bearing on the outcome of privacy lawsuits? For example, suppose a trespassing
news reporter slipped unnoticed into a physician’s office, stole an individual’s medical file, and then published information from the file—including
the fact that the individual was infected with HIV. If the medical information was legitimately newsworthy, would the reporter’s wrongful methods be the
slightest bit relevant in a lawsuit brought by the individual subject of the story? Has the Supreme Court answered this question, or has it left the door
open to such a lawsuit?

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