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Former GOP presidential running mate and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s defamation trial against the New York Times has been delayed because she has tested positive for COVID-19.

However, remarks made by the judge assigned to the case may have inappropriately tainted it, some observers say.

The New York Times reports:

Ms. Palin’s in-person testimony in a federal courtroom in Lower Manhattan this week was expected to be one of the focal points of the trial. Ms. Palin sued The Times in 2017 after it published an editorial that erroneously asserted a link between her political rhetoric and the mass shooting in Tucson, Ariz., in 2011 that left six people dead and gravely wounded Gabrielle Giffords, then a Democratic member of Congress. The Times later corrected the editorial.

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Ms. Palin’s lawyer, Kenneth G. Turkel, said in court on Monday that his client, the former Alaska governor, was still eager to appear.

“She wants to be here for jury selection, she wants to testify live,” Mr. Turkel told the judge, Jed S. Rakoff. Ms. Palin has had three tests, all of which came back positive, according to the judge. He also said that she was not vaccinated.

It was the remark by Turkel that Palin had yet to be vaccinated that some believe added undue bias to the case.

“She is, of course, unvaccinated,” Turkel said.

“Not seeing this quote in context, how is Sarah Palin supposed to get a fair trial if this is the perspective of the federal judge presiding over her case against the NYT?” Benjamin Weingarten, a deputy editor for RealClearInvestigations and a columnist for The Federalist, noted on Twitter.

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“Is the case about her vaccination status? Then I don’t see how it matters what he thinks about it,” another user wrote.

“He sounds TOTALLY independent,” said another with two rolling eye emojis.

“That judge needs to recuse himself,” another user wrote.

More replies include:

“Why does the Judge and the media get to publicly announce Ms. Palin’s legally protected medical status?”

“Again what part of you can still test positive even if you are vaccinated does this judge not understand!?! Talk about spreading misinformation!”

“Partison Democrat Just-Us has destroyed America’s judicial system! Remember when justice was blind? Best wishes for a speedy recovery for Sarah Palin!”

“The judge should be recused for that remark.”

“From the words out of the judges mouth, he is biased against her. They need to assign a new judge. [Palin] deserves a fair trial. Not with a liberal politician judge.”

Article Source : Conservativebrief.com
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