Rudy Giu­liani defama­tion tri­al: Dam­ages to Geor­gia elec­tions work­ers could ‘end’ ex-may­or

Open­ing state­ments began Mon­day after­noon in a tri­al that will deter­mine how much mon­ey for­mer New York may­or and one­time Don­ald Trump attor­ney Rudy Giu­liani will have to pay two Geor­gia elec­tion work­ers whom he repeat­ed­ly, with­out mer­it, claimed com­mit­ted elec­tion fraud in 2020.
Ruby Free­man and her daugh­ter Wan­drea Moss sued Giu­liani over lies he told that upend­ed their lives, lead­ing to “threats, harass­ment, and harm.” Giu­liani false­ly claimed they had engaged in nefar­i­ous activ­i­ty to give Pres­i­dent Joe Biden the edge in Geor­gia over the for­mer pres­i­dent.
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Fol­low­ing Giu­lian­i’s com­ments, the moth­er and daugh­ter received death threats from peo­ple who claimed they deserved to be hanged from trees and hanged at the Unit­ed States Capi­tol close enough for the pub­lic to “hear their necks snap,” lawyer Von DuBose told jurors.
DuBose, who is black, like Free­man and Moss, said the court would hear how “Mr. Giu­liani and his co-con­spir­a­tors stole the lives of Ms. Free­man and Ms. Moss by destroy­ing their names.”
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