Judge orders Giuliani to pay Georgia election workers $148M immediately

A federal judge approved the request of two former Georgia election workers to expedite their $148 million payment from Rudy Giuliani, finding the duo has “good cause” to believe the former New York City mayor will try to stiff them.

A jury last week ordered Giuliani to compensate Ruby Freeman and Shay Moss for defamation after he falsely accused them of voter fraud while counting ballots in Fulton County during the 2020 election.

Freeman and Moss asked the judge to “permit immediate enforcement” of the award, citing concerns that Giuliani might “find a way to dissipate [his] assets before plaintiffs are able to recover,according to ABC News.

Judge orders Giuliani to pay Georgia election workers $148M immediately

Judge Beryl Howell sided with the two on Wednesday, noting that Giuliani has a reputation for being an “unwilling and uncooperative litigant.”

After deliberating for parts of two days during the week-long trial, the DC panel awarded Moss and Freeman $75 million in punitive damages, as well as an extra $20 million to each woman for emotional suffering, on Friday.

Giuliani claimed he doesn’t “regret a damn thing” about the ruling, which he plans to fight, and he blasted “the absurdity of the number” handed to the plaintiffs.

The ex-mayor told The Washington Post on Friday that he lacked the money to pay even the $43 million in damages demanded by the workers and pledged “to fight this case until I die.”

Joe Sibley, Giuliani’s attorney, said the verdict is “the civil equivalent of the death penalty” and “will be the end of Mr. Giuliani” if he does not win the appeal.

Judge orders Giuliani to pay Georgia election workers $148M immediately

In 2021, Freeman and Moss filed their first lawsuit against Trump’s former personal attorney, claiming that his false allegations about election fraud made them the subject of violent threats and hateful abuse. In August, Giuliani was found responsible for defamation by default after refusing to turn over evidence to the plaintiffs’ attorneys, including private communications and full financial records.

He claimed that the pair transferred a USB drive back and forth “like vials of heroin or cocaine” in order to influence Georgia’s election results.

Moss later testified before a House select committee investigating the Capitol incident on January 6, 2021, that she was delivering her mother a mint.

The charges of fraud were dismissed by Georgia’s state election board in June as “unsubstantiated and found to have no merit.”

On Monday, Freeman and Moss sued Giuliani again, this time seeking a permanent injunction to prevent him from publicly speaking about them, claiming he “continues to spread the very same lies for which he has already been held liable.”

The New York Post has reached out to Giuliani’s lawyers for comment on Wednesday’s decision.

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