Sarah Palin tests positive for COVID, NYT trial in delay

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Sarah Palin tests positive for COVID, NYT trial in delay

Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin tested positive for COVID-19, which may delay her civil suit against the New York Times that was scheduled to go to trial Monday, one of her attorneys said.

Palin is scheduled to take another test Monday morning and if that yields a negative result, her trial could resume with jury selection later in the day. 

If she tests positive again, however, Manhattan federal Judge Jed Rakoff will delay the trial until Feb. 3, attorney Shane Vogt said. 

“She is, of course, unvaccinated,” Rakoff said in court Monday morning while discussing the logistics. 

Palin has railed against the COVID-19 vaccine in recent months, telling a conservative radio host that it would be “over my dead body that I’ll have to get a shot.”

“I will not do it. I won’t do it, and they better not touch my kids, either,” she told Charlie Kirk in December 2019. 

New York Times building.
Sarah Palin’s civil suit against the New York Times was scheduled to go to trial Monday.
Robert Miller
Sarah Palin.
Sarah Palin is scheduled to take another test Monday morning and if that yields a negative result, her trial could resume.
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Palin, a former GOP heavyweight, sued the New York Times in 2017 after it published an editorial that wrongly linked her political action committee to the 2011 mass shooting in Arizona.

In her suit, Palin claimed the Times defamed her when it “falsely stated as a matter of fact to millions of people that Mrs. Palin incited Jared Loughner’s January 8, 2011, shooting rampage at a political event in Tucson, Arizona, during which he shot nineteen people, severely wounding United States Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords …”

With Post wires

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