Ex-Election Workers Seeking Permanent Injunction To Silence Rudy Giuliani’s Lies

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Ruby Freeman and Shaye Moss, the mother and daughter who in their capacity as Georgia election workers during the 2020 races became the subject of conspiracy theories falsely alleging they were involved in non-existent fraud, have sued Rudy Giuliani again. Giuliani, a longtime ally to former President Donald Trump, has helped spread deception about Freeman and Moss as recently as directly in conjunction with the damages trial that just concluded in their first lawsuit.

Those trial proceedings were oriented around determining the level of financial penalty to impose on Giuliani after presiding Judge Beryl Howell found him liable for previous claims of defamation brought by Freeman and Moss. And Giuliani didn’t equivocate in making his latest false statements about the duo. “I told the truth. They were engaged in changing votes,” he said about Freeman and Moss, contradicting the extensive evidentiary record that investigations including a state probe in Georgia conducted in cooperation with federal law enforcement have established. There’s no evidence supporting his continuing claims.

Freeman and Moss say in their new federal lawsuit against Giuliani that they first reached out to his team to see if he would agree to stop with the lies. The mother and daughter, who have faced widely reported threats to their safety in connection with the deception spread by Giuliani and others, are seeking this time just an injunction from the court ordering Giuliani to stop saying these things. Jurors in the first case already imposed a $148 million judgment against him.

And while there’s no clear indication he’ll be able to pay that amount, former federal prosecutor Andrew Weissmann said in an interview that Giuliani would be under the threat of imprisonment if he just refused to comply with future proceedings oriented around getting at least something from him.

“Defendant Giuliani’s statements, coupled with his refusal to agree to refrain from continuing to make such statements, make clear that he intends to persist in his campaign of targeted defamation and harassment. It must stop,” the new lawsuit against Giuliani says. “In these unique circumstances, the proper remedy is a targeted injunction barring Defendant Giuliani from continuing to repeat the very falsehoods about Plaintiffs that have already been found and held, conclusively, to be defamatory.”