Sarah Palin’s defamation trial against The New York Times was supposed to get started first thing Monday morning—but proceedings have been interrupted after the unvaccinated former Alaska governor tested positive for COVID-19. Palin is suing the paper over a 2017 editorial she says falsely linked her to the shooting of Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords during a mass shooting in Tucson, Arizona.
However, the judge had an announcement to make at the start of the trial: “Ms. Palin has tested positive for coronavirus. She is, of course, unvaccinated,” said U.S. District Court Judge Jed Rakoff, according to court reporter Frank G. Runyeon. Palin’s attorney then reportedly asked for a seven to 10 day delay in the trial so that she can be present for the jury selection.