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Giuliani Defamation Trial

A federal civil trial began yesterday in Washington, DC, to determine punitive damages former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani (R) must pay two election workers for defamation. Eight jurors were selected for the four-day trial, which could require Giuliani to pay up to $43M to the two women.

The lawsuit alleged Giuliani—as attorney for former President Donald Trump—falsely claimed Georgia election workers Ruby Freeman and Shaye Moss committed ballot fraud, citing surveillance video showing the two moving cases of ballots into an election center. The claims—debunked by Georgia election officials—led to threats of violence against the two, eventually forcing them to relocate temporarily (read details). A US district judge ruled in August that Giuliani was liable for defamation, ordering him to pay $230K in legal fees to the pair. Giuliani maintained yesterday Freeman and Moss had changed votes.

In related news, special counsel Jack Smith asked the Supreme Court yesterday to quickly decide whether Trump—who leads Republicans by a margin of 40% in presidential polls—can claim presidential immunity in a separate federal election interference case. Track Trump's four criminal cases here.

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