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Giuliani’s Legal Showdown: Facing Georgia Poll Workers in Defamation Trial!

Rudy Giuliani, a key figure in former President Donald Trump’s circle, is set to confront Georgia poll workers Ruby Freeman and Shaye Moss in a defamation trial. This legal battle stems from Giuliani’s baseless claims of election fraud, which have led to significant personal and professional consequences for Freeman and Moss.

The Incident at the Center of the Trial

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The case revolves around a video showing Freeman passing a ginger mint to her daughter Moss while counting votes, which Giuliani falsely claimed was evidence of election fraud.

Giuliani’s Accusations

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Giuliani alleged that Freeman and Moss were involved in a scheme to scan ballots hidden in suitcases, a claim thoroughly debunked by investigations.

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The Impact on Freeman and Moss

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Following Giuliani’s accusations, both Freeman and Moss faced a barrage of threats and harassment.

Freeman’s Testimony to the Jan. 6 Committee

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In her deposition, Freeman expressed how Giuliani’s actions, along with Trump’s, led to a loss of security and peace for her and her daughter.

He said, “I’ve lost my sense of security, all because a group of people — starting with Number 45 and his ally Rudy Giuliani — decided to scapegoat me and my daughter, Shaye, to push their own lies about how the presidential election was stolen.” 

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The Trial’s Significance

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Set to begin in Washington, D.C., federal court, the trial will see Giuliani, Freeman, and Moss face off, with a jury deciding the outcome.

The Charges Against Giuliani

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Freeman and Moss sued Giuliani for defamation, intentional infliction of emotional distress, civil conspiracy, and punitive damage.

Giuliani’s Admission in Court Filings

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While Giuliani admitted his statements were false and defamatory, he maintained they were constitutionally protected.

Judge Beryl Howell’s Ruling

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U.S. District Judge Howell found Giuliani civilly liable for his claims, with the trial set to determine the compensation owed.

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The Broader Legal Context

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This trial is part of a larger legal picture, with Freeman and Moss expected to testify in a racketeering case against Giuliani, Trump, and others.

Giuliani’s Role in the Georgia Case

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Giuliani faces charges linked to his false claims about Freeman and Moss in the Georgia case, violating state law against making false statements.

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The Influence Campaign Against Freeman

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After Giuliani’s claims, several Trump allies allegedly tried to influence Freeman’s statements about the election.

The Role of Illinois Pastor Stephen Lee

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Lee, charged alongside Giuliani, attempted to mislead Freeman and influence her testimony.

The Involvement of Harrison Floyd and Trevian Kutti

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According to the indictment, Floyd enlisted Trevian Kutti, a former publicist for rapper Ye (formerly known as Kanye West), to assist with their efforts a month later. 

The Depositions of Ellis and Smith

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Lawyers Jenna Ellis and Ray Smith III, deposed in the poll workers’ case, asserted their Fifth Amendment rights numerous times.

Giuliani’s Plan to Testify

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Giuliani’s lawyer stated that the former mayor intends to testify during the trial without asserting the Fifth Amendment.

Ted Goodman’s Defense of Giuliani

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Goodman, a political adviser to Giuliani, portrayed him as a national hero and criticized the trial as a dark chapter in U.S. history.

A High-Stakes Legal Battle

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The defamation trial against Giuliani marks a critical moment in the aftermath of the 2020 election, highlighting the consequences of false claims and the ongoing struggle for accountability in the U.S. political landscape.

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