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Sarah Palin loses libel case against New York Times

The verdict comes after a judge announced he would dismiss the case.

Published: February 15, 2022 3:49pm

Updated: February 15, 2022 4:07pm

A jury unanimously ruled against former Gov. Sarah Palin (R-Alaska) in her defamation case against The New York Times.

Palin's case focused on an editorial the paper ran in 2017 linking her to the Arizona shooting that killed six people and gravely injured then-Rep Gabby Giffords (D-Ariz.) in 2011.

All nine jurors decided that the Times could not be held liable for the editorial, according to NPR.

The decision comes one day after U.S. District Court Judge Jed Rakoff ruled that the case should be thrown out but said he would allow the jury to deliberate until it reached a verdict. The Clinton-appointed judge said that Palin's attorneys did not prove that the Times knew the information they published was false nor could they show that the paper acted recklessly, Politico reported.

"With the jury and judge in agreement, it's hard to see how an appeals court would reverse this," New York Focus managing editor Peter Sterne speculated after the jury's decision was made.

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