Jury weighs if New York Times defamed Sarah Palin or made ‘honest mistake’

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Sat, 2022-02-12 02:45

NEW YORK: Jurors began considering whether to hold the New York Times liable for defaming Sarah Palin, after her lawyer on Friday accused the newspaper of falsely associating her in a 2017 editorial with a mass murder, a link that a Times lawyer called an honest mistake.
In his closing argument in federal court in Manhattan, Palin’s lawyer Kenneth Turkel said the Times and its former editorial page editor, James Bennet, turned a “blind eye” to the facts as it smeared the reputation of Palin, a former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican US vice presidential candidate.

Sarah Palin, former Alaska governor, and James Bennet look on as US District Judge Jed Rakoff instructs the jury on law as they begin deliberations on Palin's defamation lawsuit trial against the New York Times. (REUTERS/Jane Rosenberg)
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