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Beyond the Palin: court throws out ex-governor’s defamation case ...


Beyond the Palin: court throws out ex-governor’s defamation case ... again

Victory of press freedom as judge is unconvinced by former Republican vice-presidential candidate’s evidence

Bob Van Voris

Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin has lost her defamation case against the New York Times for a second time, with a jury finding for the newspaper a day after the judge said he’d throw the case out anyway due to weak evidence.

“I have concluded as a matter of law that the defendants are not liable too,” US district judge Jed Rakoff told the jurors after they delivered their unanimous verdict on Tuesday afternoon. “So we’ve reached the same bottom line.”

While the jury was still deliberating on Monday, Rakoff said he would dismiss Palin’s suit regardless of the verdict, telling lawyers that her legal team had failed to present enough evidence to prove that the newspaper knowingly or recklessly published falsehoods about her when it ran a 2017 opinion piece incorrectly linking her to a deadly shooting. Rakoff didn’t tell the jury about his decision though, letting them continue deliberations to streamline a likely appeal...

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