Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s libel lawsuit against the New York Times has officially crashed and burned.
Politico reports that U.S. District Court Judge Jed Rakoff on Monday threw out Palin’s complaint, as he ruled that Palin and her attorneys “failed to produce evidence that the newspaper knew what it wrote about her was false or acted recklessly towards indications it was false.”
Oh god…this one is even worse…
She is 58. I mean the celebs that don't look 58 it's a fluke..but yeah, she looks like that mob wife tv show. I saw Michelle Bachmann walking she actually looked quite a bit better than TV in person, so lies can't be the only factor…. https://t.co/sOQZuFNFWu
— Going about my business (@TheRealABOne) February 14, 2022
Even though Rakoff is tossing the suit, he is nonetheless allowing the jury to continue its deliberations on the grounds that he believes the case will inevitably be appealed.
The libel suit against the Times stemmed from a 2017 editorial that accused Palin of inciting violence against Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-AZ), who years earlier was shot in the head by assailant Jared Loughner.
The Times issued a correction about the editorial the day after it ran, and it acknowledged it was wrong to link rhetoric used by Palin’s super PAC to Giffords’s shooting.
“I think this is an example of very unfortunate editorializing on the part of the Times but having said that, that’s not the issue before this court,” Rakoff said in court on Monday. “The law here sets a very high standard [for actual malice]. The court finds that that standard has not been met.”