Sarah Palin sued the New York Times Tuesday (see the complaint here) over a recent editorial suggesting that her political action committee’s use of “stylized cross hairs” over the districts of several members of Congress in online materials was responsible for the “political incitement” of Jared Lee Loughner, who killed six people and wounded many others (including Representative Gabby Giffords) in a 2011 mass shooting.  The Times later corrected the editorial.

The case is before Judge Rakoff, who has already scheduled an initial conference for next Friday, July 7, and whose order states the case should be ready for trial by December.