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Judge to toss Sarah Palin’s defamation lawsuit against The New York Times

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A judge this Monday indicated that he plans to throw out former GOP Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin‘s lawsuit against The New York Times, saying her attorneys didn’t produce sufficient evidence that the legacy news outlet published false or defamatory information about her.

From CBS News:

U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff made the ruling with a jury still deliberating at a New York City trial where the former Alaska governor and vice-presidential candidate testified last week. The judge said Palin had failed to show that The Times had acted out of malice, something required in libel lawsuits involving public figures. Rakoff said he let jury deliberations continue in case his decision winds up being reversed on appeal.

Lawyers for both Palin and the Times declined to immediately comment on the judge’s decision. Palin’s lawyer said in closing arguments Friday that a widely circulated New York Times editorial falsely linking Palin to a mass shooting was a libelous display of arrogance and unchecked power.

A Times lawyer conceded the newspaper had made a mistake, but argued there was no evidence it had set out to damage Palin’s reputation.

Read the full report over at CBS News.

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