A federal judge just gave Sarah Palin a huge win and the New York Times a devastating loss. The judge, a Clinton appointee, decided that Sarah’s libel lawsuit against the New York Times can continue after all.
The Times has been trying to get it thrown out of court but now they will have to make their case in front of a jury.
Palin was accused by the Times of inciting political incitement that let to a mass shooting in Arizona.
“Taking the evidence in the light most favorable to plaintiff, she has sufficiently pointed to enough issues of triable fact that would enable a jury to find by clear and convincing evidence that Bennet knew, or was reckless not to know, that his words would convey the meaning in the minds of the readers that plaintiff asserts was libelous, to wit, that she bore a direct responsibility for inciting the Loughner shooting,” wrote the judge.
U.S. Judge Jed S. Rakoff, a Bill Clinton appointee, allowed Sarah Palin’s defamation lawsuit against the New York Times to proceed, saying that a jury should decide whether editorial page editor James Bennet acted with “actual malice” in writing that Palin was responsible for “political incitement” that led to the mass shooting in Tuscon, Arizona, in January 2011.
The Times published the editorial in the wake of a June 2017 mass shooting by a deranged leftist who targeted Republican members of Congress at their baseball practice.
The Tuscon shooter was mentally disturbed; accusations against Palin had long since been disproved.
The Times issued a correction, but Palin sued. Rakoff dismissed the lawsuit, but it was reinstated by the Second Circuit. (Ironically, Bennet recently resigned as editorial page editor under pressure from “woke” reporters.)
In his ruling Friday, Rakoff rejected efforts by Palin’s legal team to argue that the tough “actual malice” standard for public figures should not apply, or that the Times was liable, regardless of intent, if there was a possibility readers could make a defamatory intepretation.
I along with my attorneys Charles Harder and Lin Wood are watching this case very closely. Stay tuned. https://t.co/CzKBRNrd8f
— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) August 29, 2020
Sarah Palin is about to get all mavericky in court. Indeed, the former Alaskan governor and vice presidential candidate just might be making new law in the area of defamation. https://t.co/so8gOuFBYI
— Jonathan Turley (@JonathanTurley) August 29, 2020