Jury Decides in Favor of New York Times in Sarah Palin’s Defamation Lawsuit

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NEW YORK—After roughly 15 hours of deliberation over three days, the jury in the Sarah Palin v. The New York Times trial delivered a verdict of “not liable” on Feb. 15, giving the newspaper a victory.

Since the verdict in the defamation trial was not in Palin’s favor, there was no monetary figure attached for damages.

Judge Jed Rakoff thanked the jury for paying careful attention and for being prompt. He told them that members of the press would likely want to speak to them. In his last instructions to the jury, Rakoff said, “It’s up to you whether or not you want to speak to folks from the media,” but added, “My recommendation to you is not to talk to them.”

Rakoff also told them that lawyers from both sides of the case may want to speak to them as well, but cannot without his permission. If one does, he should be notified.

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