The trial of Sarah Palin’s defamation lawsuit against The New York Times continued on Thursday, a week and a half after its start in federal court in Lower Manhattan was delayed because Mrs. Palin has tested positive for coronavirus.
According to the judge, Jed S. Rakoff, Ms. Palin, who is expected to be in the courtroom when jury selection and opening arguments begin, was not vaccinated. And she’s attracted headlines for buoying New York City’s requirement that all people dining in the home be vaccinated, after being discovered on the weekend before the trial’s initial start date, have dinner at an Upper East Side restaurant.
The former governor of Alaska and the 2008 Republican candidate for vice president sued The Times in 2017 after the newspaper published an editorial that incorrectly asserted a link between the political rhetoric of Mr. her and the 2011 mass shooting near Tucson, Ariz, that severely injured Gabrielle Giffords, then a Democrat of Congress. The Times later revised the editorial.
Unusually, a public official’s smear case against a news organization has moved to trial. And legal experts have said that this case a legal test for those who argue that First Amendment protections for the press are too broad and that media outlets pay a higher price when they make mistakes.
The test was able to attract media attention. But the delayed start can make for more coverage, because a celebrity trial Taking place in federal court in Manhattan has come to a close: the criminal case against Michael Avenatti, the lawyer who helped porn actress Stormy Daniels sue former President Donald J. Trump but is now being charged. Alleged phone fraud and identity theft.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/03/business/sarah-palin-new-york-times.html Sarah Palin’s defamation trial against The New York Times begins again