Press: Wrestling with Defamation and Truth

The jury in the Sharon trial reaches a partial verdict

In a 64-page charge that took two hours to read, Federal Judge Abraham Sofaer outlined the complex issues that the four women and two men on the jury had to evaluate. In reaching a verdict on former Israeli Defense Minister Ariel Sharon's $50 million libel suit against Time Inc., he explained, they faced three sets of questions about a single paragraph in TIME's Feb. 21, 1983, cover story about an official Israeli report on the 1982 massacre of hundreds of Palestinians in the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps in West Beirut. First, could the disputed passage, which reported on discussions Sharon...

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