Several jurors in the defamation case brought by Sarah Palin against The New York Times said they learned of the judge’s decision to dismiss the case while they were still deliberating, Judge Jed S. Rakoff , said in an order Wednesday.
On Monday, while the juries were still deliberating, Judge Rakoff said he intends to Waiver of lawsuit duty if the jury finds it in Mrs Palin’s favour. The next day, the jury give its verdictIt also denied Palin’s claim that The Times had smeared her in a 2017 editorial that falsely linked her political rhetoric to a mass shooting.
In an order Wednesday, Judge Rakoff said the court’s law clerk spoke to the jury after the trial as part of routine interrogations and was told by several jurors that they had know about the ruling through push notifications from news sites on their smartphones.
“The jurors repeatedly assured the court’s law clerk that these notices did not affect them in any way or play any role in their deliberations,” Judge Rakoff said. write.
Palin, a former governor of Alaska and a 2008 vice presidential candidate, sued The Times in 2017, alleging that the newspaper smeared her in an editorial that incorrectly linked allegation. her politics with a 2011 mass shooting. The Times corrected the error the morning after the editorial was published.
The case was seen as a test of the Supreme Court’s landmark 1964 decision, The New York Times Company sues Sullivan, which sets a high level of evidence for public officials claiming defamation. By ruling in favor of The Times on Tuesday, the jury confirmed precedent, finding that the newspaper and its former opinion editor, James Bennet, did not act with a degree of malice or recklessness. as stated by Ms. Palin’s group. Public figures must demonstrate that a news organization acted with “genuine malice” in publishing disinformation, meaning that it displayed a reckless disregard for the truth or know that information is untrue.
Ms Palin is expected to appeal the ruling. Judge Rakoff said on Wednesday that although neither side objected to him reaching a verdict while allowing the jury to continue deliberation, he brought the matter of jurors being notified to both sides. both sides in “excessive caution”.
“If any party feels there is any relief that they seek based on the foregoing, attorneys should promptly initiate a joint telephone conference with the court to discuss whether any any further proceedings are appropriate,” wrote Judge Rakoff.
Ms. Palin’s attorneys did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/16/business/media/sarah-palin-libel-new-york-times.html The jurors in Sarah Palin’s trial learned about the judge’s dismissal