Reply To: Rudy Giuliani Ordered to Pay $148.1m in Damages for Lies about Election Workers

  • outdoorsguy

    Member
    December 16, 2023 at 12:44 pm

    Multimillion-dollar ruling against Giuliani shows cost of spreading election lies

    As the 2024 election approaches, the $148m judgment against a key Trump ally sends a message that falsehoods have consequences.

    The judge had already decided Rudy Giuliani defamed the two former Georgia election workers, the question was just how much that cycle of lies and ensuing harassment should cost him.

    A jury declared on Friday that it was worth an eye-popping $148m, far beyond expectations and a major blow to the former New York mayor and key Donald Trump ally.

    The case was one of a handful of ways pro-democracy groups are seeking consequences for election subversion ahead of the next presidential election.

    The plaintiffs hope the high-dollar decision will show to Giuliani and others that there’s a financial and human cost to spreading lies.

    The stakes are high with the 2024 presidential election quickly approaching and Trump probably on the ballot once again.

    This week’s case was a test for accountability for purveyors of election lies from the everyday people who get caught in their web through no fault of their own. The test worked:

    Giuliani will have to pay up. Whether it matters to serial liars remains to be seen, but it serves as a strong deterrent to those considering spreading unfounded election conspiracies.

    Beyond the money, however, this was an avenue for Freeman and her daughter, Moss, to speak directly to one of the people responsible for tearing their lives apart. A public figure such as Giuliani expects and accepts a level of intrusion into their privacy.

    Everyday people working elections, as Freeman and Moss were, shouldn’t have to.

    They took the stand this week to detail the onslaught of threats and harassment that came after Giuliani, an attorney for Trump, and Trump’s team put them at the center of an election conspiracy.

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2023/dec/15/rudy-giuliani-damages-cost-analysis-takeaways