Sarah Palin said in an amended defamation lawsuit against the New York Times on Monday that the deep-seated “animosity and ill-will” of the newspaper’s editorial page editor toward her motivated him to falsely link her to a mass shooting.
Palin, the 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate and former Alaska governor, made her claim against the editor, James Bennet, nearly five months after the federal appeals court in Manhattan revived her lawsuit, saying it had been wrongly dismissed by the trial judge.
Law & Crime reports:
“Incredulously, at the time of publication Mr. Bennet knew about, remembered and had published, reviewed, edited and approved numerous articles/columns confirming that there was no established connection between Gov. Palin and Loughner’s 2011 Shooting,” the complaint alleges.
Palin is suing The Times and Bennet on a single count of defamation by libel and seeking various damages in excess of $75,000–as well as “restitution in the form of The Times’ advertising revenues attributable to the” editorial in question.
Palin’s husband Todd Palin filed for divorce in September, but reportedly she has not yet filed a response and is hoping for reconciliation. Her son Track Palin was released from a halfway house in January after a second arrest for domestic violence. Palin has blamed former President Obama for her son’s alleged PTSD.