Update: Sarah Palin’s Defamation Trial Against the New York Times Delayed

From a Washington Post story by Sarah Ellison:

NEW YORK — A long-awaited showdown in a Manhattan courtroom between Sarah Palin and the New York Times over a 2017 editorial she says defamed her was delayed Monday when the former Alaska governor tested positive for the coronavirus.

The trial was expected to begin with jury selection Monday morning, but U.S. District Court Judge Jed S. Rakoff told his Manhattan courtroom that he had learned Sunday night that Palin had tested positive on an initial test. “She is, of course, unvaccinated,” he noted.

After she took another test on Monday morning, Rakoff rescheduled the trial for Feb. 3….

The suit has been on a winding road since Palin first filed it more than four years ago. Rakoff initially dismissed the case against the Times but his ruling was overturned by an appellate court.

After learning of Palin’s coronavirus test, Rakoff noted that the trial could move forward this week with Palin’s consent, and that she could testify through a videoconferencing link. But Palin’s lawyers indicated that she wanted to be in the courtroom for jury selection and her own testimony.

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