Some federal jurors refuse Sarah Palin’s defamation lawsuit against New York Times receive a “push notification” on their phone informing that the judge has dismiss case a day earlier, according to a new court document.
Senior Judge of the United States Jed Rakoff wrote that jurors had told his secretary that his ruling did not affect their deliberations.
“Late yesterday, in the course of such an investigation in this case – in which the jury found that it had fully understood the instructions and made no recommendation as to the jury’s instructions for the future cases – several jurors have volunteered to serve as law clerks that, prior to the jury’s verdict in this case, were aware of the fact of the Rule 50 decision of This court on Monday to dismiss the case on legal grounds, “Rakoff Written in a two-page order on Wednesday.
Legal experts questioned the timing of Rakoff’s ruling on Monday, which found that no reasonable jury could find actual malice in the verdict. By Times 2017 editorial wrongly associates Palin with Jared Lee Loughner batch shooting.
A day later, the jury agreed that the quickly corrected editorial did not smear the former Alaska governor and one-time GOP vice-presidential candidate.
“These jurors reported that although they tried to comply with the Court’s directive to avoid media coverage of the trial, they inadvertently received ‘push notifications’ on their phones. intelligence containing the subject matter of the award,” the order continued. “Jurors repeatedly assured the Court’s law clerk that these notices did not affect them in any way or close any any role in their discussion.”
Titled “America’s Deadly Politics,” the 2017 editorial noted that Palin’s political action committee, Sarah PAC, circulated a map with slashes through his constituency. Arizona delegate. Gabrielle Giffords and 19 other Democrats. The original version went even further, stating that “the link to political agitation is clear”—an assertion made about 12 hours later. That error sparked a nearly five-year smear war that ended with Palin’s defeat this week.
Experts say Wednesday’s revelation about jurors could force her to appeal her inevitable Second Round.
Lawyer Mitchell Epnerwho has consulted with media organizations on First Amendment and copyright issues and is now a consultant to Rottenberg Lipman Rich PC, told Law & Crime that being predictable in the smartphone age demonstrated that Rakoff’s verdict would seep into the jury’s consciousness.
What Epner previously called a potential appellate issue, he said, is now possible.
“I would have expected the judge to wait for the jury to return his or her verdict before issuing a verdict on the motion to rule as a matter of law, because there is no urgency to issue that judgment, Epner previously noted. “Nothing will change if he waits for the verdict to be announced, or the jury says they can’t reach a verdict.”
Juries are not isolated during deliberation, except in exceptional circumstances. They regain access to their cell phones when they return home from the trial or deliberation.
Read the order, below:
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