After Trump allies accused Dominion Voting Systems of tampering with the 2020 Presidential Election, the company sued them for defamation.
The three current and/or former allies include Rudy Giuliani, Sidney Powell, and Mike Lindell who supported former President Trump’s inquiries into election integrity. The trio asked the court to dismiss the defamation case, however, U.S. District Judge Carl Nichols in Washington D.C. denied the petition and called for the case to proceed.
In one section of the legal document, judge Nichols wrote, “There is no blanket immunity for statements that are ‘political’ in nature: as the Court of Appeals has put it, the fact that statements were made in a ‘political context’ does not indiscriminately immunize every statement contained therein.”
He continued, “It is true that courts recognize the value in some level of ‘imaginative expression’ or ‘rhetorical hyperbole’ in our public debate. But it is simply not the law that provably false statements cannot be actionable if made in the context of an election.”
Upon the decision, Powell’s lawyers said, “We now look forward to litigating this case on its merits and proving that Ms. Powell’s statements were accurate and certainly not published with malice.” Guiliani’s legal team questioned the righteousness of the restitution, which totals $1.3 billion in damages among the three defendants.
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