An appeals court has reversed a dismissal of Sarah Palin’s 2017 defamation suit against the New York Times, allowing the suit to proceed in a lower court once again, NPR reported. The suit took issue with a Times editorial alleging that a map with crosshairs over some congressional districts was to blame for a mass shooting in Tuscon, Arizona that killed six people.
The suit was dismissed a few months after it was filed, with the lower court judge saying there wasn’t enough proof to advance the case. But now, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has thrown the case back to the lower court for further consideration.
The three judge panel said Palin’s case “plausibly states a claim for defamation and may proceed to full discovery.” They called the lower court’s procedure of holding a special hearing and and using facts from that hearing “unusual” and a mistake.
Danielle Rhoades Ha, a Times spokesperson, said, “We are disappointed in the decision and intend to continue to defend the action vigorously.”
The judges did not say that Palin’s case could meet the high standard of evidence required, but will allow a lower court to make that determination.
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