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Palin v. NYT - It's Time To Revisit Malice Standard

The judgment will result in a more arrogant press.

Sarah Palin

American jurisprudence is the envy of the Free World, but a federal jury's decision this week to throw out a libel suit brought against the New York Times raises serious questions about reckless press behavior. The newspaper, in reporting the case's dismissal as an independent observer, proudly boasted: "The Times has not lost a libel case in an American courtroom in at least 50 years."

We will refrain from making legal arguments about the judge's "directed verdict" when he dismissed the case a day before the jury had completed deliberations. But, as journalists ourselves, we watched the case unfold with considerable interest and came away worried.

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