Former Alaska Governor and vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin has planned to take a big step in her legal battle against the New York Times.
Her lawyers will reportedly subpoena nearly two dozen Times reporters, editors and employees and ask the newspaper to produce “every internal communication it has had about her since 2011” for her defamation lawsuit, according to the New York Post.
Palin filed the suit after the media giant published an editorial in June 2017 claiming that she was connected to the 2011 mass shooting that severely wounded Arizona Democrat Gabby Giffords and killed six people.
The editorial claimed that Palin had incited the shooting through an ad from her political action committee that put “Giffords and 19 other Democrats under stylized cross hairs.”
In reality, however, the ad did no such thing, and the newspaper was forced to issue an embarrassing correction.
Now, Palin has taken the lawsuit one step further by planning to subpoena 23 current and former Times reporters, editors and other employees.
The subpoena could help Palin’s lawyers prove that the newspaper held “negative feelings” toward the former governor when it published the fabricated story, the Washington Free Beacon reported.
In order to win the defamation case, her legal team will have to prove that the Times published the story with “actual malice,” meaning they either knew that it was false or recklessly disregarded whether it was false or not.
The Times has claimed that the untrue allegations in the story were an “honest mistake” and its lawyers are asking the court to throw out Palin’s defamation lawsuit, according to Breitbart.
If Sarah Palin is anything, she’s a grizzly bear when it comes to taking on liberals and standing up for what’s right.
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