Sarah Palin’s libel lawsuit against the New York Times took an early turn Monday after the judge announced that the former Alaska governor had tested positive for Covid-19 prior to the beginning of the day’s proceedings
Judge Jed Rakoff said he was informed over the weekend that Palin, who the judge noted is unvaccinated, tested positive and that she is receiving an additional test Monday morning, with results expected by midday. Rakoff opted to work through a set of pre-trial motions while the court awaits the results of that second test.
Palin filed suit against the Times over a 2017 editorial that falsely tied her political activities to the 2011 shooting that wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) and killed six people.
The newspaper corrected the editorial to say that no such connection was ever established, and the Times acknowledged it mischaracterized a map put out by Palin’s political action committee that had crosshairs placed over the districts of 20 Democrats, including Giffords’.