(TruthandLiberty.com) – Former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin sued the New York Times for defamation after the publication printed a story linking her to a mass shooting. She maintains an editorial implied one of her political action committee’s ads incited the event, leaving former congresswoman Gabby Giffords with permanent, severe injuries. While the court ruled against Palin in the case, the former Alaskan governor isn’t ready to move on.
On February 28, Palin confirmed she’ll request a new trial and disqualification for the judge in her defamation case. The former Alaskan governor lost her claim against the New York Times earlier in the month but expressed concerns about jury issues in her motion, stating some people received push notifications about the case’s dismissal during their deliberations.
Former U.S. vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin asked a U.S. court for a new trial after losing her defamation case against the New York Times earlier this month, and also requested that the judge overseeing the case be disqualified https://t.co/Zsn5OWC0Tw
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US District Judge Jed Rakoff defended his decision to dismiss the case. In a written statement released on March 1, the judge explained Palin failed to prove her case under the legal standards and did not show the Times acted with malice, a necessary factor in all defamation lawsuits.
Even though his dismissal came prior to the jury returning its verdict, Rakoff said neither side objected to allowing them to continue deliberations. He also claimed any push notification informing jurors of the dismissal was irrelevant and did not impact the jury’s decision.
Rakoff gave Palin until March 15 to make her request. The New York Times has until March 29 to respond to the motion.
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