Court reinstates Sarah Palin suit against New York Times
NEW YORK (AP) – An appeals court has revived a defamation lawsuit Sarah Palin brought against The New York Times.
The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals restored the lawsuit on Tuesday, saying Palin must be allowed to collect evidence to support her claims.
Still, it said Palin’s burden of proof was high to show the Times acted with actual malice when it published an editorial titled “America’s Lethal Politics” in 2017.
The onetime Republican vice presidential nominee sued over the editorial published after a gunman opened fire on Republican lawmakers in Virginia, wounding U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise.
The Times’ editorial was corrected twice when readers complained it appeared to blame a political action committee belonging to Palin for “political incitement.”
A Times’ spokesperson says the newspaper is disappointed and will vigorously fight the lawsuit.