Judge to Toss Out Sarah Palin’s Lawsuit Against The New York Times

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On Monday, a judge said he planned to throw out former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s defamation suit against The New York Times. Palin’s lawsuit followed an editorial from The Times that linked her to the deadly 2011 shooting in an Arizona parking lot of then-Rep. Gabrielle Giffords

The judge said Palin’s attorneys produced a lack of evidence to suggest the news organization acted recklessly or knowingly published false material about her.

The Hill reports:

Palin lawyers have argued during an ongoing trial in U.S. District Court that the decisions of Times and that of James Bennet, then the editorial page editor at the newspaper, were made with “actual malice,” against the former governor, a high bar for defamation cases against public figures.

The editorial had suggested a link between Palin’s political action committee and the 2011 shooting that wounded several people, including Giffords.

The Times later corrected the article, noting that a previous version had “incorrectly stated that a link existed between political rhetoric and the 2011 shooting.”

Last week, Palin took the witness stand and described feeling “powerless” after the editorial’s publication.

“It was devastating to read, again, an accusation, a false accusation that I had anything to do with murder, murdering innocent people,” Palin said.

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  1. People, really???
    Are any of you surprised by this turn of events?
    Certainly, this is an activist judge who wouldn’t dare rule in Palin’s favor. However, don’t you all worry at all. Corrupt/senile joe is filling the federal courts with the likes of this judge.
    What a bright future we have to look forward to.

  2. No politics involved here? Did you ever look at the leftist SCOTUS justices votes? They clearly follow the Democrat agenda and not Constitutional law -every time they vote in unison- you might as well just have one justice vote for

  3. OK Sally Kent … how about a little background on the Judge? OR will his rights be infringed upon by that being put in print?

  4. Palin never had a chance. The fix was in before the suit was filed. Without an Ivy League diploma and little D.C. experience, she failed the hoity-toity test. I’m just happy that Kansas State beat West Virginia (men’s basketball for the non-flyover set.


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