Judge says Sarah Palin ‘failed to prove her case’ against Times
A federal judge on Tuesday denied Sarah Palin’s claims that The New York Times defamed her in a 2017 editorial, concluding in a written opinion that the case should be dismissed because she was “even up to the minimum standard required by law.” She had completely failed to prove her case.”
It was the latest development in a case that unfolded with an unexpected twist last month, culminating with Ms Palin’s proposal for a new trial, after several jurors said they had seen news reports of the judge’s unusual decision, leading to the announcement. For that he was preparing to dismiss the case. While they were still discussing.
Judge, J. S. Rakoff rejected the suggestion that her announcement had compromised the integrity of the jury’s decision, which also dismissed Ms Palin’s claims for lack of evidence. In his written opinion, he said he had a “definite conviction” in his decision.
Describing the jurors’ knowledge of his announcement as “unfortunate”, Judge Rakoff said they nevertheless did what they were instructed to do and ignored the news. Furthermore, he said, he insisted to his law clerk that the reports “played no part in his deliberations and did not affect the outcome.”
For charges in Ms Palin’s lawsuit – which she filed after The Times published an editorial that claimed a false link between her political rhetoric and a mass shooting in Arizona in 2011 – Judge Rakoff ruled Said the trial did not provide any evidence which establishes the guilty. The news organization or its opinion editor at the time, James Bennett.
Judge Rakoff said, “However, The Times may have been negligent to publish an article that could be read as making serious allegations without investigation,” Judge Rakoff said, amidst not knowing that The key difference is whether the question contains a statement or not. True and highly aware that it is probably false.
To prove her case, Ms. Palin, a former Alaska governor and candidate for vice president, had to present evidence that pointed to “genuine malice”—a public figure like her to prove defamation—to the Supreme Court. Legal bar set by. This would mean that either The Times knew it was publishing false information or recklessly disregarded evidence despite having doubts about the truth.
Judge Rakoff said the actions of the Times journalists – and Mr Bennett, who specifically edited the editorial – were in line with newspaper reporters working under pressure of deadlines, not those trying to defame a politician. With bad actors. He noted at trial testimony that Mr. Bennett never intended to edit the piece, saying it undermines Ms. Palin’s allegation that Mr. Bennett held malice toward her.
He also pointed to Mr Bennett’s efforts to determine whether there was indeed an error in the editorial, when a Times columnist alerted him late in the evening of its publication. According to evidence heard by jurors, Mr. Bennett tried to contact the editorial’s author, asking him in a late night text message, “Do we have it right?” But she had fallen asleep. They then sent him an email at 5:08 am seeking further clarification. The Times corrected the editorial later that morning.
Mr Bennett also drafted an apology from Palin in response to a question from a CNN reporter about the editorial and sent it to the Times’ public relations executive, the judge said. But that note was never forwarded to the reporter.
Explaining his decision to dismiss the case during the jury’s deliberations, Judge Rakoff said that “no reasonable jury could find that Sarah Palin proved” in the case of the law. “Worked with
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