Georgia Election Workers Vindicated: Giuliani Ordered To Pay $148M for Defamation

December 15, 2023
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Georgia Election Workers Vindicated: Giuliani Ordered To Pay $148M for Defamation

🚨 The Gist: A federal jury in Washington, D.C., has ruled that Rudy Giuliani must pay $148 million to two Georgia election workers for defamation.

📰 The Details: Giuliani was found to have defamed Fulton County election workers Wandrea “Shaye” Moss and her mother Ruby Freeman by falsely accusing them of committing fraud in the 2020 presidential election. The jury awarded approximately $73 million to each for reputational and emotional harm, and punitive damages, after Giuliani’s claims led to the mother and daughter receiving racist and sexist threats, including lynching threats.

🔢 By The Numbers:

  • $148 Million: Total damages Giuliani must pay.
  • $73 Million: Approximate amount each plaintiff is awarded.
  • 4 Days: Duration of the trial.

🔙 In Context: During the 2020 election, Giuliani, as part of Trump’s legal team, made baseless claims of voter fraud. He specifically targeted Moss and Freeman, alleging they were involved in rigging the election against Trump. These claims were proven false, and a state investigation affirmed the legality of the election workers’ actions.

🤔 Why It Matters: This verdict is significant for several reasons. Firstly, it holds a high-profile figure accountable for spreading misinformation that directly harmed individuals. Secondly, it underscores the dangers election workers face in the current political climate. This case also intersects with Giuliani’s ongoing legal issues, including a criminal case in Georgia related to the same defamatory statements.

🔮 What’s Next?: Giuliani faces continued legal battles, including criminal charges in Georgia. This verdict could influence how misinformation and its consequences are addressed legally and socially going forward.

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