Sarah Palin libel case against New York Times thrown out by judge

Rakoff said the jury may deliberate until it reaches a verdict and an appeal is inevitable.

Updated: February 14, 2022 - 3:38pm

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A U.S. district court judge has ruled that the libel lawsuit brought forward by former Gov. Sarah Palin (R-Alaska) against The New York Times should be thrown out. 

The lawsuit was over a 2017 editorial from the Times, which Palin claimed linked her to the 2011 Arizona shooting that killed six people and wounded then-Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-Ariz.).

District Court Judge Jed Rakoff, a Clinton appointee, said the case should be thrown out because Palin's attorneys did not produce evidence that the Times knew the editorial was false nor did the evidence show that the paper acted recklessly, Politico reports.

Rakoff said the jury may deliberate until it reaches a verdict and an appeal is inevitable, according to Politico.

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