Further media libel claims from a Republican from Alaska will not be heard after a Manhattan judge dismissed her case on Feb. 14.
The U.S. District Court recently threw out former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s defamation lawsuit against the New York Times.
Judge Jed Rakoff claimed Palin’s legal team failed to give enough evidence that proves the paper deliberately spread misinformation back in 2017.
“The Supreme Court made that balance and set a very high standard, and I do not think that standard has been realized by plaintiff with respect to at least one aspect of the actual malice requirement,” he said according to Politico.
The judge refuses to believe former editorial page editor James Bennet unfairly linked the retired governor to a mass shooting in Arizona that killed six people and wounded then-Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-Ariz.) during 2011.
“I do not think a reasonable juror could conclude that Mr. Bennet either knew the statements were false or that he thought the statements were false, and he recklessly disregarded that high probability,” he said.
However, Rakoff acknowledged the matter is likely to be appealed and permitted the jury to deliberate on a verdict.
“[The appeals court] would greatly benefit from knowing how the jury would decide it,” he said according to Reuters. “If you see anything in the media about this case, just turn away.”
Palin believes justice will prevail, even if she has to appeal the court’s decision.
“This is a jury trial and we always thank jurors–we always appreciate the system,” she said according to the newswire agency.
“Whatever happened in their kind of usurps the system that I believe we are used to, and respect, and works,” she added.
The New York Times claims public officials should not be allowed to “punish or intimidate” journalists for making “unintentional errors.”