Jury finds defamed PAC Democrat Roy Moore, awards him $8.2 million

A federal jury in Alabama has determined that a Democratic Super PAC defamed Judge Roy Moore, a former Republican U.S. Senate candidate in Alabama, and awarded him $8.2 million in damages for damage to his reputation Friday.

The focus of Moore’s lawsuit against the DC-based Senate Majority PAC was an ad they ran during his Senate campaign against former Senator Doug Jones (D-AL) in the 2017 special election in Alabama.

Moore’s candidacy in Alabama was derailed after the Washington Post released a report claiming that Moore made sexual advances to four teenage girls between 1977 and 1982.

As the Associated Press reported:

The lawsuit centered on a television ad that recounted accusations against Moore in various news articles. Moore’s lawyers argued that the ad, through the juxtaposition of statements, falsely claimed he had solicited sex from young girls at a mall, including another 14-year-old boy who worked as an assistant. of Santa Claus, which had excluded him from the mall. .

The ad at issue in the lawsuit began: “What do people who know Roy Moore say? This followed with the statements “Moore was actually banned from Gadsden Shopping Center… for soliciting sex from young girls” and “Whoever he approached was 14 and working as Santa’s helper”. Both quotes cite various press reports.

“In their ad, they chained the quotes together to make a single statement. This is what the jury found offensive. They stood up and lied and said they had no intention of doing this said Moore’s attorney, Jeff Wittenbrink.

No criminal charges have been filed against Moore, who previously served as Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court.

Moore maintained his innocence and strongly denied the charges when the washington post report came out.

“This garbage is the very definition of fake news and intentional defamation,” Moore said at the time.

Moore hailed Friday’s jury decision as a “vindication” and said it was “a blow” to the Senate PAC majority.

“This is a blow to a major Washington DC super PAC that interfered in a senate election in the state of Alabama,” Moore said. “The people of this state are tired of dirty politics and attempts by the Washington DC establishment to control who the people of this state elect to the United States Senate.”

“I think that’s a vindication and I thank Almighty God and the jurors in this case for a great victory over are [sic] corrupt political system,” Moore added.

Moore’s attorney also praised the jury’s decision and said, “Truth and God’s justice won the day for Judge Roy Moore.”

“The verdict of this jury of ordinary people from the state of Alabama represents a great legal victory over those who will say and do anything to capture an election, including dragging a good man’s name through the mud. to destroy a hard-earned reputation,” Wittenbrink said.

“The facts of this case were so egregious that the jury quickly found actual malice against the majority Senate super PAC,” Wittenbrink added.

A lawyer representing the majority in the Senate PAC said the committee plans to appeal the jury’s verdict.

“We don’t believe this verdict is the right decision, but we believe the facts are clear and this decision will be overturned on appeal,” attorney Ben Stafford said.

Jordan Dixon-Hamilton is a reporter for Breitbart News. Write to him at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter.


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