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Judge sets trial date to decide how much Giuliani owes 2 election workers for defaming them

He was found responsible for defamatory comments against Ruby Freeman and Shaye Moss.

September 20, 2023, 7:59 p.m.

A federal judge has ordered a trial on December 11 to determine the damages that Rudy Giuliani will have to pay to two former Georgia election workers for whom he was found liable for defamation.

Last month, Judge Beryl Howell found Giuliani liable for defamatory comments he made about the mother-daughter tandem of Ruby Freeman and Wandrea “Shaye” Moss.

The judge sanctioned Giuliani for erroneous remarks he made accusing the two men of fraudulently manipulating ballots on Election Day 2020 in Georgia, as Giuliani challenged the president’s 2020 election defeat era, Donald Trump.

In the days after the election, Freeman and Moss became the subjects of a Trump-backed conspiracy theory that was later found to be “false and unsubstantiated,” according to an investigation by the Georgia Elections Board. Giuliani, in an appearance before a Georgia state legislature committee, told lawmakers that a video circulating online showed “Ruby Freeman and Shaye Freeman Moss…obviously passing through USB ports, as if they were heroin or cocaine bottles. “.

In this Aug. 17, 2023, file photo, Rudy Giuliani enters the Fulton County Courthouse in Atlanta, honoring his subpoena to testify before the 23-person special grand jury assisting the Fulton County Attorney’s investigation .

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Giuliani previously said he “does not dispute the factual allegations” made by Freeman and Moss regarding his statements, but that his statements are “constitutionally protected.”

The former New York mayor already has to pay more than $130,000 in legal fees in the case.

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