(FixThisNation.com) – In the aftermath of Georgia’s 2020 election, a seemingly mundane event at the Fulton County polling station—Ruby Freeman, a poll worker, handing a ginger mint to her daughter and fellow poll worker Shaye Moss—sparked a major controversy. Rudy Giuliani, a prominent supporter of then-President Trump, claimed a video of this incident showed the mother and daughter engaging in election fraud. He alleged they were secretly exchanging a USB drive to scan ballots stored in suitcases under tables at Atlanta’s State Farm Arena. This claim, part of a report by Georgia’s State Election Board, was unfounded.
The allegations led to Freeman and Moss facing numerous threats, a direct result of Giuliani’s baseless claims. Freeman expressed her dismay over the loss of her sense of security, blaming Trump, Giuliani, and their supporters for using her and her daughter as scapegoats in their narrative of a stolen presidential election. This statement came from Freeman during a deposition with the House Jan. 6 committee.
The legal battle reached a new phase when Freeman and Moss confronted Giuliani in a Washington, D.C. federal court trial over his false allegations. Both parties were required to attend the trial, which was set to last about a week. A jury of eight Washington residents was tasked with the decision-making.
Freeman and Moss sued Giuliani in December 2021, accusing him of defamation, intentional infliction of emotional distress, civil conspiracy, and seeking punitive damages. In their May 2022 amended complaint, they charged Giuliani with leading a “sustained smear campaign” and being largely responsible for their character assassination.
Law enforcement investigations concluded that the claims against Freeman and Moss were false and without merit. Giuliani, in his court filings, did not dispute the falsity of his statements but claimed they were constitutionally protected.
U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell found Giuliani civilly liable, and the trial aimed to determine the financial compensation owed to the poll workers. This trial marked just the beginning of potential legal confrontations between Giuliani and the poll workers, with Freeman and Moss expected to be key witnesses in a Fulton County District Attorney’s racketeering case against Giuliani, Trump, and others. The focus of this case is an alleged criminal conspiracy to keep Trump in power after his 2020 election loss.
The indictment, mentioning Freeman’s name about 40 times, linked one of Giuliani’s 13 counts to his claims about Freeman, Moss, and another man allegedly passing USB ports to manipulate voting machines. This was deemed a violation of Georgia’s law against making false statements.
Following these claims, various Trump allies reportedly tried to influence Freeman’s statements, with individuals like Illinois pastor Stephen Lee, Black Voices for Trump leader Harrison Floyd, and former publicist Trevian Kutti allegedly involved in these efforts.
During the defamation trial, Giuliani’s lawyer announced that the former New York City mayor intended to testify, while lawyers for Freeman and Moss planned to call four witnesses and play video clips from several depositions. Ted Goodman, Giuliani’s political adviser, defended him, highlighting his past achievements and criticizing the trial as a dark chapter in U.S. history, accusing those in power of using the justice system for partisan ends.
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