I swear every time you think this creature is dead, it rises from the grave again.

Courtesy of Politico

A federal judge has ordered a jury trial in former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s libel suit against the New York Times over an editorial linking her to the 2011 Arizona shooting rampage that badly wounded then-Rep. Gabby Giffords and killed six others.

In the latest round of litigation in the case, U.S. District Court Judge Jed Rakoff rejected separate motions in which the Times and Palin claimed they should prevail based on the existing evidence and depositions in the case.

In a ruling issued Friday evening, Rakoff said the issues were not as clear cut as either party suggested, so the matter will have to be decided by a jury. He set Feb. 1, 2021, as a target for a trial to open in the case, but noted that the date could be delayed as courts continue to struggle with in-person proceedings amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The initial version of the 2017 Times editorial said it was “clear” that the 2011 shooting was linked to a map Palin’s political action committee released that included crosshairs over Giffords’ Tucson district. However, no such link has ever been established. The shooter, Jared Lee Loughner, was mentally ill and was sentenced to life in prison in 2012.

The Times corrected that language the morning after the editorial was first published online, but Palin sued, claiming that then-editorial page editor James Bennet knew or should have known the claim was false because when he served as editor of the Atlantic magazine it published numerous articles indicating that no link between the crosshairs map and the shooting had been established.

I will once again point out that there is no way that Palin is paying for this. 

She must have some conservative sugar daddy who is funding this hoping to win even a relatively small victory over a newspaper that conservatives despise. 

If this jury is to be selected from a jury pool in New York that is already going to be one strike against Palin. 

New Yorkers despise phony former reality stars who attack the media.

If she does win it will be a travesty of justice since we all know that she deserved to be linked to the shooting of Gabby Giffords. 

 Perhaps she did not direct the shooting personally, but she certainly created an environment where that kind of vicious attack seemed acceptable to some.