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Georgia Election Workers Seek Answers: Will Rudy Giuliani Be Held Accountable?

In a pivotal trial set to unfold on Monday, Rudy Giuliani, once celebrated as America’s mayor, will confront the repercussions of his role in disseminating election denial conspiracy theories as Donald Trump’s 2020 election lawyer. 

The trial in a federal district court in Washington, DC, marks the first time Giuliani will be held accountable for the allegations he propagated during the tumultuous aftermath of the 2020 presidential election.

Election Fraud Accusations

The plaintiffs in this landmark case are a mother and daughter, Ruby Freeman and Shaye Moss, who served as poll workers in Georgia. They accuse Giuliani of destroying their lives and causing ongoing emotional distress by baselessly accusing them of election fraud. 

The civil trial holds significant stakes, with the plaintiffs seeking damages of up to $43 million as punishment for Giuliani’s “outrageous conduct.” Legal experts and democracy advocates closely anticipate the trial’s outcome, as it could set a precedent for deterring individuals contemplating future episodes of election denial. 

The proceedings may also have implications for the organized crime prosecution Giuliani is facing in Fulton County, Georgia, related to his actions during the 2020 election. After jury selection and opening statements, three days of testimony will unfold in the nation’s capital. 

Among the key witnesses are Ruby Freeman and her daughter, Shaye Moss, whose lives were thrust into the spotlight after Giuliani’s relentless attacks.  The trial promises a dramatic confrontation between the accusers and the accused, shedding light on the human toll of baseless conspiracy theories.

Protect Democracy, a non-partisan advocacy group representing Freeman and Moss expressed its clients’ readiness for their day in court. 

“While nothing will fully repair all of the damages that Giuliani and his allies wreaked on our clients’ lives, livelihoods, and security, they are eager and ready for their day in court to continue their fight for accountability,” the legal representatives stated.

Freeman and Moss gained national attention after testifying before the House investigation into the January 6, 2021, insurrection at the US Capitol.  They recounted how Giuliani’s attacks had turned their lives upside down, with Moss invoking the history of lynching in the deep South during her emotional testimony.

Giuliani has already been found liable by Judge Beryl Howell for smearing the poll workers, intentionally inflicting emotional distress, and engaging in a conspiracy to defame them. 

The jury’s role now is to determine the scale of damages in this high-stakes trial.

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Rudy Giuliani’s False Accusations 

In a pivotal trial set to unfold on Monday, Rudy Giuliani, once celebrated as “America’s mayor,” will confront the repercussions of his role in disseminating election denial conspiracy theories as Donald Trump’s 2020 election lawyer.

Giuliani’s false accusations revolved around claims of criminal misdeeds during the critical vote count in Georgia, a key swing state in the 2020 election.  Despite being debunked by Georgia officials, Giuliani continued his attacks, circulating misleadingly edited tapes and promoting unfounded conspiracy theories.

The trial promises a glimpse into the aftermath of Giuliani’s actions, as Freeman and Moss are expected to testify about the storm of death threats and harassment they endured.  Forced to flee their homes, go into hiding, and change their appearance, the toll on their lives has been immense.

Giuliani’s potential testimony looms over the trial, with his lawyers suggesting he may take the stand. However, any repetition of defamatory slurs is prohibited, as he has already acknowledged the defamation. 

Giuliani’s defense aims to minimize the damages by asserting a minimal connection between his actions and the subsequent threats and harassment faced by the plaintiffs. As the trial unfolds, it stands as a critical moment in assessing accountability for the consequences of election denial and the dissemination of baseless conspiracy theories. 

The outcome may reverberate beyond this case, influencing future legal actions and shaping the boundaries of acceptable conduct in the realm of election disputes.

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