(RoyalPatriot.com )- Former Governor of Alaska Sarah Palin asked for a new trial on Monday after her defamation case against the New York Times was thrown out last month. Palin’s case was thrown out by the judge even as the jury deliberated, claiming that she could not prove that the New York Times acted with “actual malice” when it printed comments suggesting her activism had encouraged a deadly shooting in Arizona in 2011.
Palin’s attorneys have requested that US District Judge Jed Akoff be removed from the case after jurors received push notifications on their cell phones that the case was being thrown out before they had come to a verdict.
She is also requesting a new trial.
The jury, however, later concluded that the New York Times did not technically defame her – solely because she cannot technically prove the newspaper acted with “malice,” which is required in a case involving a public figure. The Times had published an editorial in June of 2017 that linked Palin to the 2011 shooting in Arizona that saw six people killed and the wounding of congresswoman Gabby Giffords.
The article was edited the following day, but Palin insists that it caused lasting damage.
Jurors also claim that the push notifications they received on their cell phones informing them that the case had been thrown out did not influence their decisions, but Palin’s lawyers argue that nobody can truly know that.
If the New York Times can just get away with telling blatant lies, then surely that means there’s something wrong with the American legal system, right?