Judge says Sarah Palin "failed to prove her case even to the minimum standard required by law"

Judge Jed Rakoff explains why he dismissed the former GOP governor's defamation lawsuit against The New York Times

By Bob Brigham

Published March 2, 2022 6:00AM (EST)

Former GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. (RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
Former GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. (RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

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U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff on Tuesday issued his written opinion explaining why he dismissed former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's defamation lawsuit against The New York Times.

"At trial, plaintiff Sarah Palin wholly failed to prove her case even to the minimum standard required by law," Rakoff wrote.

On Monday, Palin's legal team asked the court for a new trial and to disqualify Judge Rakoff.

Palin argued that the fact several jurors received push notifications on their phones alerting them that the judge was going to throw out the case regardless of what the jury decided. The jury subsequently agreed with the judge and voted to dismiss the case.

In his written decision, Rakoff said the push alerts were "legally irrelevant."


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