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Judge: Sarah Palin seeks new trial in defamation lawsuit


A Manhattan federal judge says lawyers for former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin are seeking a new trial for her defamation charges against The New York Times.

U.S. District Judge Jed S. Rakoff made the revelation during a brief conference call with attorneys.

Rakoff said in an order last week that jurors knew before handing down their verdict against Palin earlier this month that he had ruled against her in law the previous day.

Rakoff said the jurors repeatedly assured his legal officer that the background information notifications on their phones about the judge’s decision did not affect their deliberations.

After Palin’s lawyers asked to make their demands in a 50-page written submission, the judge said each side could file documents of the same length after issuing a written notice next week explaining why he decided to dismiss the case regardless of the jury’s verdict.

Palin, a former Republican vice-presidential candidate, claimed in her 2017 lawsuit that the newspaper defamed her the same year with an op-ed about gun control.

The Times maintained that he promptly corrected all errors in the editorial and made an “honest error” that was never intended to harm Palin.

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