Nearly two dozen staff from the New York Times need to be ready as court documents released Wednesday reveal that former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is planning to subpoena them as part of her defamation lawsuit against the newspaper.
Palin’s lawsuit was filed Tuesday by the Manhattan federal court and accuses New York Times of violating both its own policies in what is described in the charge as “fabricated story.”
The disputed editorial piece published by the Times on June 14 linked Palin’s political action committee ads in 2011 to the mass shooting that left six people dead, including a 9-year-old girl, and wounded former Rep. Gabby Giffords ( D.Ariz.).
The subpoena is intended by Palin’s party to assist her in her efforts to obtain internal Times documents that could establish the “negative feelings” the paper had towards Palin before and during the drafting of the editorial.
Palin’s legal team is also planning to demand that the paper produce “every internal communication it has had about her since 2011.”
The New York Times, for its part, filed for the case to be dismissed, and complained that Palin’s legal team was issuing a subpoena to too many people who had no contribution to the contested editorial article.
The paper’s lawyers argued that Palin’s plans to subpoena about “twenty-three non-party current and former Times reporters, editors, and other employees- most of whom had nothing to do with the editorial issue.”
The paper also claimed that Palin does not have a “true defamation case” because she will not be able to establish malice. A lawyer for the Times admitted that the paper “made an honest mistake in posting the editorial.”
Palin’s lawyers maintained that the Times knew the statements made in the editorial piece were false, but “fabricated the link anyway” just to drive web traffic.