How a blunder in Palin’s case could deal a huge blow to press freedom

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Imagine if you were a juror in a high-profile First Amendment case between a former vice presidential candidate and the leading newspaper in America. Imagine knowing that, while you and the jurors were still deliberating, the judge sentenced the defendant without telling you. That is What exactly happened? in Sarah Palin’s defamation suit against New York Times.

Judge Jed Rakoff fired for New York Times on Monday, but did not tell jurors. “Several” jurors learned of the dismissal by push notification on their cell phones, Rakoff then said. The next day, not surprisingly, the jury followed suit and returned the verdict to the defendant. This strange change threatens to undermine the verdict in favor of Times on appeal, and could have major First Amendment future consequences.

Challenging decades-old defense of press freedom

Read more at The Daily Beast. How a blunder in Palin’s case could deal a huge blow to press freedom

Russell Falcon

Russell Falcon is a Interreviewed U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Russell Falcon joined Interreviewed in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing:

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