Judge Beryl A. Howell ruled in August that former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani is liable for “defamation” and “intentional infliction of emotional distress” after falsely accusing Georgia election workers Ruby Freeman and Shay Moss of election fraud while pushing Donald Trump’s unproven claims about the 2020 election.
After Giuliani refused to comply with court demands to turn over relevant documents, Judge Howell ruled against him and forced him to pay tens of thousands of dollars in attorney fees. In the month of August,
A jury of eight will decide how much Giuliani must pay Freeman and Moss in damages during this portion of the trial, which begins on Monday. The ruling could have a significant impact on other cases involving the 2020 election.
Giuliani spoke in front of Georgia lawmakers during a House committee hearing in December 2020. Part of his presentation was used as evidence against him in the defamation action.
“It’s a tape earlier in the day of Ruby Freeman and Shay Freeman Moss, and one other gentleman quite obviously surreptitiously, passing around USB ports, as if they are vials of heroin or cocaine. It’s obvious to anyone who is a criminal investigator or prosecutor, they are engaged in surreptitious illegal activity,” Giuliani told Georgia.
According to court reports, Giuliani’s months-long campaign to discredit Freeman and Moss resulted in “violent and racist threats.”
The mother and daughter have both spoken up about their ordeal.
In Mary of 2022, Freeman told lawmakers, “Now I won’t even introduce myself by my by name anymore. I get nervous when I bump into someone I know in the grocery store who says my name. I’m worried about who’s listening.”
In the Georgia election interference case, Giuliani has been accused alongside numerous co-defendants, including former President Donald Trump. In this federal case, a jury will decide how much Giuliani must pay in damages to Freeman and Moss.
Judge Howell has stated that she intends to choose an eight-member jury with six alternates, and Giuliani may testify in his own defense.
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