In a significant development, the defamation lawsuit against Rudy Giuliani, former President Donald Trump’s attorney, has proceeded to trial1. The case revolves around allegations of defamation against Georgia election workers Ruby Freeman and Shaye Moss.
The lawsuit accuses Giuliani of leading a “sustained smear campaign” by falsely accusing Freeman and Moss of election fraud. These accusations were part of Giuliani’s efforts to find evidence to support Trump’s attempts to overturn his election loss to Joe Biden.
The trial, which began on Monday, is expected to last three to six days. Both Freeman and Moss are expected to testify. The focus of the trial will be to determine the amount of damages that Giuliani must pay to the two election workers.
This lawsuit is one of many legal challenges that Giuliani is currently facing. He has been accused of making false statements about the 2020 election results and promoting baseless claims of fraud to support Trump’s legal efforts to overturn the election results.
The lawsuit was filed in 2021 in federal court in Washington for defamation, civil conspiracy, and intentional infliction of emotional distress. The judge has now ordered the damages question to head to a jury. The total amount of damages will be influenced by what Giuliani does next.
in public discourse, particularly in matters as significant as a national election.