Rudy Giuliani found liable in defamation suit

 August 31, 2023

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani had his mugshot taken at the Fulton County Jail last week after being indicted by District Attorney Fani Willis on charges relating to the 2020 election.

That isn't Giuliani's only legal concern however, as on Wednesday a federal judge found him to be liable for defamation.

Judge says Giuliana failed to comply with discovery rule

According to the Washington Examiner, that decision was handed down by U.S. District Court Judge Beryl Howell in a 57-page decision.

In her ruling, Howell found that the former New York City mayor had defamed Ruby Freeman and Shaye Moss, two Georgia election workers Giuliani had accused of mishandling ballots. The pair filed their suit in December of 2021.

The judge complained that Giuliani did not produce a number of documents that the rule of discovery required him to bring forward.

"The bottom line is that Giuliani has refused to comply with his discovery obligations and thwarted plaintiffs Ruby Freeman and Wandrea’ ArShaye Moss’s procedural rights to obtain any meaningful discovery in this case," Howell wrote.

"Yet, just as taking shortcuts to win an election carries risks — even potential criminal liability — bypassing the discovery process carries serious sanctions, no matter what reservations a noncompliant party may try artificially to preserve for appeal," she added.

Plaintiffs spoke of being in a "living nightmare"

The Examiner noted that Howell's ruling paves the way for a civil trial to determine the amount of monetary damages that Giuliani must pay out to Freeman and Moss.

Meanwhile, the Associated Press cited a statement from the plaintiffs in which they spoke of going through a "living nightmare" filled with "hatred and threats" due to Giuliani's claims.

"Nothing can restore all we lost, but today’s ruling is yet another neutral finding that has confirmed what we have known all along: that there was never any truth to any of the accusations about us and that we did nothing wrong," the women declared.

"We were smeared for purely political reasons, and the people responsible can and should be held accountable," they went on to insist.

Advisor claims ruling is part of "the weaponization of our justice system"

Ted Goodman is a political advisor to Giuliani, and the Associated Press reported that he reacted angrily to Howell's decision.

Goodman slammed the ruling as being "a prime example of the weaponization of our justice system, where the process is the punishment."

"This decision should be reversed, as Mayor Giuliani is wrongly accused of not preserving electronic evidence that was seized and held by the FBI," Goodman declared.

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