Sarah Palin and Her Defamation Suit Are Dismissed as Being Without Merit


It’s hard to convince people you are relevant when you aren’t.  It’s even harder to convince a Federal Judge that you have a plausible claim when you don’t.  The Federal Judge in Sarah Palin’s defamation lawsuit against The New York Times has DISMISSED THE CASE.   U.S. District Judge Jed S. Rakoff said the suit, which alleged the newspaper’s editorial board maliciously linked the former Alaska governor to a 2011 mass shooting, failed to put forward plausible evidence of malice.  The judge explained that “each item put forward by Palin’s legal team as proof of the Times’ intent and ill will “consists either of gross supposition or of evidence so weak that, even together, these items cannot support the high degree of particularized proof” needed to proceed with the case.”

That means that if Sarah Palin ever believed that the Times was operating out of ill will against her, she was wrong.  She imagined it.  Either she knew the Times was not intending to defame her and just wanted to find a way to make some money, or she was delusional and thought somebody was intending to malign her “good name” and it was a figment of her imagination.

Palin’s suit centered on an editorial that the Times published earlier this summer, immediately after a shooting at a GOP baseball practice. In that piece, the editorial board drew a connection between the 2011 shooting that wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and a map passed around by Palin’s political action committee in 2010.

To make that paper’s lack of malice even more obvious, the Times issued a correction two days later, clarifying that “in fact, no such link was established.”  Moreover, the Times included a link in the original story to an article that revealed that there was in fact no link between Palin’s map and the shooting by Jared Loughner.  Less than two weeks after the editorial was printed, grandma Palin filed her suit, hoping to secure a windfall.

The legal team for the Times filed its motion to dismiss the case in July.  The Judge explained that “mistakes will be made, some of which will be hurtful to others” — but legal redress must be limited to those cases in which the mistake was made “with knowledge it was false or with reckless disregard for its falsity.”

Rakoff said the evidence offered by Palin’s team proved inadequate to proceed.

What we have here is an editorial, written and rewritten rapidly in order to voice an opinion on an immediate event of importance, in which are included a few factual inaccuracies somewhat pertaining to Mrs. Palin that are very rapidly corrected,” Rakoff wrote.

The Joke is on Grandma Palin.  She and her case have been dismissed as without merit!  Ain’t nobody got time for Palin or her worthless suit!

 

10 thoughts on “Sarah Palin and Her Defamation Suit Are Dismissed as Being Without Merit

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  1. I can understand her wanting to try and make irresponsible people pay for stupidity after 8 years of media lies about her and innocent (private) people. But yes, all that is proven here is the NY Times makes bad decisions with whom they allow to write for them. In the end, she knows what truth is and so do people who actually know and love her.

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  2. The merit-less grifting dope will continue to try to find a path to other people’s money. Stealing from others is all she has.

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  3. That should put another nail in the coffin of Palin celebrity. It is also a fitting description of Sarah Palin – Without Merit.

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  4. It should be noted that the Judge dismissed the case on August 29 – which was Sarah and Todd’s 29th wedding anniversary.

    Happy anniversary Sarah!

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