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Former U.S. vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin on Monday asked federal court for a new trial after losing her libel suit against The New York Times earlier this month, and asked that the judge hearing the case be disqualified.

Palin’s attorneys said last week they would take the action because several jurors received push notifications on their cellphones before the end of deliberations, regarding U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff’s decision to dismiss the case regardless. whatever their verdict.

The jury rejected the former Republican Alaska governor’s argument that the newspaper and former editorial page editor defamed her in a June 2017 op-ed that wrongly linked her to a mass shooting in 2011 where six people died and then MP Gabby Giffords was seriously injured. The article was corrected the next day.

Rakoff said the jurors assured his clerk that the notifications did not affect their deliberations, which lasted about two days. He told a Feb. 23 hearing that he would issue a written notice by March 1 explaining why he dismissed Palin’s case while jurors deliberate.

A day before the Feb. 15 verdict, Rakoff said he would dismiss the case because Palin had failed to demonstrate that the Times had acted with “actual malice.”

Palin’s case is seen as a test of a landmark 1964 US Supreme Court decision, New York Times v. Sullivan, which established an “actual malice” standard for public figures to prove defamation.

Palin, who remains a prominent conservative, was late U.S. Senator John McCain’s running mate in the 2008 presidential election, which was won by the Democratic team of Barack Obama and Joe Biden, and she served as governor of Alaska from 2006 to 2009.

She said that during the trial, the Times editorial left her “helpless” and “mortified”, but did not give specific examples of how it damaged her reputation or hurt her. caused harm.

Rakoff did not inform the jury of his planned dismissal until after he had completed deliberations.

“We achieved the same goal, but on different bases,” he told jurors. “You have decided the facts. I decided the law.

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