Judge orders writer of NY Times' Palin editorial to testify

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge has ordered the writer of a New York Times editorial about Sarah Palin to testify at a hearing concerning her defamation lawsuit.

Judge Jed Rakoff in Manhattan set a hearing for Aug. 16.

He says the testimony is necessary for him to determine whether to grant the newspaper's request to reject the lawsuit before the Times is required to turn over potential evidence to Palin's lawyers.

Rakoff says he must decide if there are sufficient allegations of actual malice in the lawsuit.

Palin sued the Times in June, citing a Times editorial that month about gun control published after Louisiana Republican Rep. Steve Scalise (skuh-LEES') was shot in Washington.

The Times published a series of corrections and apologized after readers complained about the editorial.