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Former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin speaks prior to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's arrival to speak during the opening session of the Western Conservative, Summit Friday, July 1, 2016, in Denver. The summit, which brings together Republicans from across the West, runs through Sunday. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

A federal judge dismissed Sarah Palin's defamation lawsuit against The New York Times



A federal judge on Tuesday tossed out a defamation lawsuit Sarah Palin filed against The New York Times.

Judge Jed Rakoff in Manhattan ruled that the former Alaska governor failed to prove the newspaper intentionally published false statements about her.

Palin sued The New York Times this summer over the editorial "America's Lethal Politics," which was published after a gunman opened fire on Republican lawmakers in Virginia. The editorial accused a Palin GOP political action committee of distributing a map depicting Democratic lawmakers beneath crosshairs before the 2011 shooting of Democratic U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords in Arizona. Palin's lawyers argued the newspaper may have been trying to boost sales by attacking her.

The newpaper, however, quickly corrected the story, noting that the map showed electoral districts, not people, in crosshairs.

"What we have here is an editorial, written and rewritten rapidly in order to voice an opinion on an immediate event of importance, in which are included a few factual inaccuracies somewhat pertaining to Mrs. Palin that are very rapidly corrected. Negligence this may be; but defamation of a public figure it plainly is not," Rakoff said.

The New York Times celebrated the judge's decision, noting that it regretted the errors it made in the editorial.

"Judge Rakoff's opinion is an important reminder of the country's deep commitment to a free press and the important role that journalism plays in our democracy," the newspaper said.

Palin's lawyers didn't immediately respond to the Associated Press' request for comment.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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