Judge delays trial over Fox News and 2020 election lies

FILE - Tucker Carlson, host of "Tucker Carlson Tonight," poses for photos in a Fox News Channel studio on March 2, 2017, in New York. The Delaware judge overseeing Dominion Voting Systems' $1.6 billion defamation lawsuit against Fox News announced late Sunday, April 16, that he was delaying the start of the trial until Tuesday, April 18. The trial had been scheduled to start Monday morning with jury selection and opening statements. Fox News stars Carlson and Sean Hannity and founder Rupert Murdoch are among the people expected to testify over the next few weeks. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

FILE- Fox News commentator Sean Hannity speaks during an interview at Fox News Studios, March 16, 2023, in New York. The Delaware judge overseeing Dominion Voting Systems' $1.6 billion defamation lawsuit against Fox News announced late Sunday, April 16, that he was delaying the start of the trial until Tuesday, April 18. The trial had been scheduled to start Monday morning with jury selection and opening statements. Fox News stars Hannity and Tucker Carlson and founder Rupert Murdoch are among the people expected to testify over the next few weeks. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

FILE - Rupert Murdoch introduces Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during the Herman Kahn Award Gala on Oct. 30, 2019, in New York. The Delaware judge overseeing Dominion Voting Systems' $1.6 billion defamation lawsuit against Fox News announced late Sunday, April 16, that he was delaying the start of the trial until Tuesday, April 18. The trial had been scheduled to start Monday morning with jury selection and opening statements. Fox News stars Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity and founder Murdoch are among the people expected to testify over the next few weeks. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

FILE - A person walks past the Fox News Headquarters in New York, April 12, 2023. The Delaware judge overseeing Dominion Voting Systems' $1.6 billion defamation lawsuit against Fox News announced late Sunday, April 16, that he was delaying the start of the trial until Tuesday, April 18. He did not cite a reason. The trial, which has drawn international interest, had been scheduled to start Monday morning with jury selection and opening statements. (AP Photo/Yuki Iwamura, File)

NEW YORK — Without citing a reason, the Delaware judge overseeing a voting machine company’s $1.6 billion defamation lawsuit against Fox News announced late Sunday that he was delaying the start of the trial until Tuesday.