Rudy Giuliani has been ordered to pay over $148 million in damages to two former Georgia election workers for defamation and false accusations.
The judge presiding over the case, Beryl Howell, found Giuliani liable for smearing the poll workers, intentionally inflicting emotional distress on them, and engaging in a conspiracy with at least two others to defame them.
The plaintiffs, Ruby Freeman and her daughter, Shaye Moss, claimed that Giuliani destroyed their lives and caused them ongoing emotional distress by maliciously accusing them of election fraud4. The stakes of the civil trial were exceptionally high, with the plaintiffs asking the jury to set damages of up to $43 million as punishment for Giuliani’s “outrageous conduct”.
Giuliani, the former mayor of New York, was once lauded as “America’s mayor” but descended into the rabbit hole of Donald Trump’s election denial lies. He was Trump’s 2020 election lawyer and disseminated conspiracy theories about the election results. The case against Giuliani is one of several legal woes he has faced since helping to spearhead Trump’s efforts to overturn the election.
It is important to note that the case against Giuliani is a complex one, with no easy solutions. While some argue that Giuliani’s actions were necessary to protect the integrity of the election, others believe that they were divisive and unnecessary. It is up to lawmakers to find a balance between protecting citizens and upholding the law.
Rudy Giuliani has been ordered to pay over $148 million in damages to two former Georgia election workers for defamation and false accusations. The case against Giuliani is one of several legal woes he has faced since helping to spearhead Trump’s efforts to overturn the election. While there are valid arguments on both sides of the debate, lawmakers need to work together to find a solution that protects citizens while upholding the law.