Sarah Palin Libel Case Versus The New York Times Heads To Jury Trial This Month


Sarah Palin’s lawsuit against The New York Times will soon head to court as jury selection begins January 24 in the four-year-old libel case.

Palin sued the publication over allegations of being defamed in 2017 by an editorial that linked a political action committee ad to a 2011 shooting that included serious injuries to then-Arizona Democratic Rep. Gabby Giffords and killed six others.

U. S. District Court Judge Jed Rakoff on Tuesday set January 24 as the selection date for jurors in the case to be set in Manhattan, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

“Palin is represented by a legal team led by Shane Vogt at Bajo Cuva Cohen Turkel while The New York Times is being handled by a team including David A. Schulz at Ballard Spahr,” according to the report.

“The initial version of the 2017 Times editorial said it was ‘clear’ that the 2011 shooting was linked to a map Palin’s political action committee released that included crosshairs over Giffords’ Tucson district. However, no such link has ever been established. The shooter … was found to be mentally ill and was sentenced to life in prison in 2012,” Politico reported in 2020.

The Times later corrected the wording, but Palin pursued the legal suit, claiming the outlet should be held responsible for the false claim.

The case was originally turned down in 2017. In 2019, a federal appeals court ruled the case could proceed under Judge Rakoff.

“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 incitin… (Read more)