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Judge Revives Sarah Palin’s Defamation Lawsuit Against NY Times

Sarah Palin stated in an amended vilification lawsuit against the New York Times Monday that the deep-seated “strong hostility and ill-will” of the newspaper’s editorial page editor toward her motivated him to connect her to a mass shooting falsely.

Palin, the 2008 Republican VP candidate, and former Alaska governor made her claim against the editor, James Bennet, almost five months after the federal appeals court in Manhattan recovered her lawsuit, saying the trial judge had wrongly rejected it.

Palin is urging damages “far in excess” of $75,000. Her attorneys didn’t instantly reply to requests for comment.

The suit arose from a June 14, 2017 editorial that Palin stated wrongly tied her to the January 2011 mass shooting, where six individuals died, and Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was severely wounded.

That editorial said Palin’s political action panel had distributed a map that put Giffords and 19 other Democrats under “stylized crosshairs” before the congresswoman was shot.

The Times later rectified the editorial, saying there was no connection between “political rhetoric” and the Giffords shooting.

Bennet has stated he had not intended to blame Palin for the Giffords shooting; however, he was making a point about the political environment.

In returning the lawsuit, which further calls Bennet as a defendant, the appeals court stated on August 6 that Palin had reasonably alleged that the Times slandered her. However, she still bore the “high” pressure of showing it acted with “actual malice.”

U.S. District Choose Jed Rakoff in Manhattan supervises the case and has registered a June 22, 2020 trial.

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