During the efforts by serial sex abuser Donald Trump (SSAT) to overturn the results of the last election, three lawyers stood out for the absurdity of their efforts: Rudy Giuliani, Sydney Powell, and John Eastman, part of what Mike Pence memorably labeled as a ‘gaggle of crackpot lawyers’. If we ever needed any further evidence that Giuliani is truly an outstanding member of that exclusive club, we now have a ruling against him by a federal judge.
You may recall how Giuliani in public forums claimed that how two Georgia election workers Wandrea ‘Shaye’ Moss and her mother Ruby Freeman had illegally manipulated thousands of votes and were seen surreptitiously “passing around USB ports like they were vials of heroin or cocaine.” (He presumably meant USB drives, not ports.) They are actually passing ginger mints to each other. As a result, the two women suffered severe harassment and death threats from the MAGA cultists.
The two women sued him for defamation and this is where things get even more weird. Giuliani did not comply with the discovery request to produce certain records and then claimed that it would cost too much to produce those documents. He conceded in an earlier court filing on July 25 that in order to save that expense he would conceded that he made “false” statements about them. You can read his stipulation here.
“Defendant Giuliani, for the purposes of litigation only, does not contest that, to the extent the statements were statements of fact and other wise actionable, such actionable factual statements were false,” Giuliani wrote in a signed stipulation that he said was intended to “avoid unnecessary expenses in litigating what he believes to be unnecessary disputes.”
He seemed to be claiming that ‘for the purposes of litigation’ only he was willing to concede the statements in order to avoid the cost of producing the documents but that such a concession did not imply any liability for his statements. Now the judge in the defamation case has ruled that by that statement, Giuliani has effectively conceded that he defamed the two women and so the court would no longer have to decide the issue of whether defamation had occurred. Hence he was liable for damages and the trial would move immediately to the question of how much he should pay in damages. The judge has already ruled that he has to pay the two women’s attorney fees of around. $90,000. The final damages could come to a lot more.
I am not a lawyer but what what Giuliani and his lawyers are doing is incomprehensible to me. There seem to be crackpot lawyers all over the place.
What has been notable during all these post-election shenanigans is how reckless these people are, smearing anyone with anything if they think it advances their agenda. They desperately need comeuppance.