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Wed Feb 21, 2024, 12:02 PM Feb 2024

Giuliani appeals $148M defamation verdict in Georgia election workers' lawsuit [View all]

Source: The Hill

02/21/24 7:36 AM ET

Rudy Giuliani appealed a jury’s verdict ordering him to pay $148 million to two Georgia election workers for defaming them following the 2020 election.

Giuliani filed for bankruptcy days after the verdict was handed down in December, freezing the election workers’ case and their efforts to collect the staggering sum from the former New York City mayor, who once represented former President Trump as his personal attorney.

Hours after his bankruptcy judge unfroze the defamation case and enabled Giuliani’s attorney to continue representing him, he formally filed his notice of appeal late Tuesday. “We very much appreciate the judge’s expeditious consideration of this matter and look forward to proceeding accordingly,” Ted Goodman, political adviser to Giuliani, said in a statement earlier in the day after the bankruptcy judge’s ruling.

A jury comprising eight Washington, D.C., residents ordered Giuliani to pay $148 million to the two election workers, Ruby Freeman and Shaye Moss, after making them a focal point of the Trump campaign’s baseless claims of mass voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election. Giuliani spread falsehoods that the mother-daughter duo engaged in mass voter fraud, accusations that largely revolved around video footage showing them working at Atlanta’s State Farm Arena on election night.

Read more: https://thehill.com/regulation/court-battles/4480208-giuliani-appeals-148m-defamation-verdict-georgia/

Link to notice of appeal (PDF) - https://storage.courtlistener.com/recap/gov.uscourts.dcd.238720/gov.uscourts.dcd.238720.148.0.pdf

(this is apparently addition to the motion to dismiss/have a new trial)
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