Giuliani Ordered To Pay $148 Million In Defamation Case Related To Georgia Election

Wagswoofs –  Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani has been ordered by a jury on Friday to pay over $148 million in damages to two Georgia election workers whom he defamed.

The jury divided the payments into three separate categories, requiring Giuliani to pay Wandrea “Shaye” Moss $16,998,000 and her mother Ruby Freeman $16,171,000 as compensatory damages.

Giuliani also has a debt of $20 million to Moss and Freeman for intentionally causing emotional distress.

The jury has also determined that Giuliani is required to pay Moss and Freeman an extra $75 million in punitive damages. In total, these judgments amount to $148,169,000.

The jurors spent hours deliberating on Thursday and Friday at the federal courthouse in Washington before finally reaching a verdict.

A judge has already made a ruling stating that Giuliani defamed Moss and Freeman by falsely accusing them of committing ballot fraud during Georgia’s 2020 presidential election.

During her testimony on Wednesday, Freeman recounted the disturbing and racially charged messages she had received. She even played some of these messages for the jurors to hear.

The attorneys representing the women emphasized in their final remarks that Giuliani has continued to make false statements, including when he spoke to reporters outside the courthouse during the trial.

In regards to the case, Giuliani had previously suggested that he would provide testimony. However, when asked by reporters on Wednesday, he simply reiterated his belief that the truth would eventually be revealed, stating, “I said the truth will come out; the truth will come out. I didn’t say when, so it will come out and it will come out very, very shortly.”

Giuliani ultimately made the decision not to testify.

Giuliani’s attorney has been adamant that he cannot be held solely accountable for the public backlash experienced by the two women. According to the attorney, the damages being sought by the women are unduly excessive.

Giuliani is currently facing various legal issues, one of which involves charges in Fulton County, Georgia. These charges are related to his involvement in the scheme to overturn the 2020 election results in that state. Despite the accusations, Giuliani maintains his innocence and believes that the charges are driven by political motivations.

In a post-verdict statement, Giuliani expressed his frustration at not being able to present any evidence in his defense, despite having a substantial amount. He confidently stated that once the case is brought before a fair tribunal, it will be swiftly overturned, causing quite a stir. Giuliani also mentioned that the recently revealed staggering numbers will actually contribute to the reversal of the verdict.

“I firmly believe that I made the comments and they were justifiable, and they remain justifiable even today,” Giuliani stated, in response to inquiries about the remarks that served as the foundation of the case, which the judge had already deemed defamatory. “Unfortunately, we were not given the chance to present the evidence we had. Did you notice that we were prohibited from introducing any piece of evidence in our defense?”

“The verdict has left us devastated,” expressed Shaye Moss in a heartfelt statement. “The lies ignited by Rudy Giuliani, which were then spread by countless others, have had a profound impact on every facet of our existence. Our homes, our family, our work, our sense of safety, and our mental well-being have all been shattered. We are still in the process of rebuilding our lives.”

Moss expressed her determination to pursue justice and emphasized her hope that no one else will have to endure the same hardships they faced. She passionately stated, “Moving forward, our utmost desire is that no individual – whether it be an election worker, a voter, a school board member, or anyone else – ever has to encounter the challenges we encountered. Each and every one of you holds significance, and your well-being matters. Our fervent wish is that nobody has to struggle as intensely as we did simply to reclaim their identity.”

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