Former Alaska Governor and Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin is slated to subpoena up to two dozen New York Times staff members as part of her defamation suit against the outlet, reports the NY Post.
The Post, which on Wednesday obtained court documents related to Palin's lawsuit, notes:
In a motion arguing that the case be dismissed, lawyers for the New York Times complained that Palin’s legal team has served notice that she plans to subpoena “twenty-three non-party current and former Times reporters, editors and other employees — most of whom had nothing to do with the editorial at issue.”
The subpoenas are part of Palin’s effort to obtain “documents that might reveal, among other things, their ‘negative feelings’ toward her,” the Times told the judge.
Palin’s legal team also intends to ask the paper to produce “every internal communication it has had about her since 2011,” they said.
The Times complained about Palin’s discovery requests in a Manhattan federal court filing reiterating its request to have Palin’s defamation lawsuit tossed.
Palin is suing the Gray Lady over a June editorial linking one of her political action committee ads to a 2011 mass shooting that severely wounded Arizona Democrat Gabby Giffords and killed six people, including a 9-year-old girl.
The Times has claimed that Palin has no case because she cannot prove malice, the legal standard for claiming defamation.
According to the Post, Palin's lawyers will maintain the Times knew its assertions about Palin were false yet chose to publish them anyway. One thing is for certain: whether Palin succeeds in her lawsuit or not, at least the Times is being forced to expend time, financial resources, and go to the trouble of defending itself in court.