The writer of an editorial that ran in The New York Times has been ordered to testify in connection with a lawsuit against the paper filed by former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.
The AP reports that a hearing has been set for Aug. 16 by U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff to determine whether Palin’s defamation lawsuit can proceed.
“The judge said the testimony was necessary to determine whether to grant the Times’ request to reject the lawsuit before the newspaper is required to turn over documents such as email records that could be used by Palin’s lawyers to develop evidence,” the AP reports. “The judge called it a ‘close question’ whether there were sufficient allegations of actual malice in the lawsuit to let it proceed.”
Palin sued the newspaper for unspecified damages in June over an editorial about gun control.
“In the editorial, the Times wrote that before the 2011 shooting of then-Arizona U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords, Palin’s political action committee circulated a map of targeted electoral districts that put Giffords and 19 other Democrats under stylized crosshairs,” the AP reports. “The editorial was criticized by some readers who challenged the notion that the map constituted ‘political incitement’ or that there was any ‘link’ between it and the Arizona shooting, the Times lawyers have said.”