On Wednesday, Rudy Giuliani appeared in court for the third day of his DC trial as a jury determines how much he will be required to pay Ruby Freeman and her daughter, Shaye Moss, following allegations that he defamed them after claiming they contributed to voter fraud in the 2020 election.
After questioning Ruby Freeman for an hour, the plaintiff’s attorneys concluded their case.
In August 2020, Judge Beryl Howell ruled that Giuliani was legally responsible for defaming Ruby and Shaye due to his late submission of evidence requested by the election workers’ attorneys.
Subsequent information revealed that Giuliani could not provide the documents to them because investigators were holding it in another case against him.
Notably, Howell is also presiding over the case against President Trump in Washington D.C., which raises questions about impartiality.
This situation calls into question whether such legal proceedings are common in developed countries or if this behavior is more reflective of what one would expect from a third-world nation.
It is evident from Judge Howell’s demeanor and comportment that she holds little regard for Mayor Giuliani and his counsel, while exhibiting a high degree of respect towards the plaintiffs Ruby Freeman and Shaye Moss as well as their representatives. Furthermore, Giuliani is not in a position to oppose the judge or the claimants, who are bringing forth a lawsuit against him with an abundance of lawyers compared to his single attorney.
Before the jury was seated, Giuliani was asked by Judge Beryl Howell to explain remarks he made after court and online Tuesday night, after she admonished him earlier Tuesday about comments he made on Monday.
“I did,” Giuliani said about making Tuesday’s remarks, “but I don’t think they violated the order. If I did, it was accidental.”
“I will not do it in the future,” he said.
In a video streamed Tuesday night on X, formerly Twitter, Giuliani said, “They’re seeking $40 million. Oh yeah. They’re seeking $40 million for the damage that I allegedly did to them. One of them did testify that she has no money, they do have an endless number of lawyers in the courtroom, however, for people that don’t have any money.”
At today’s examination of witness Ruby Freeman, attorneys presented audio recordings and images of messages they allege were received as a consequence of Rudy Giuliani’s statements and social media posts following the 2020 Presidential Election.
When questioned by correspondent Jordan Conradson afterward, Giuliani denied any involvement with these messages or any control over what other people do. “I don’t even know who those people are,” he stated.
Giuliani informed reporters that he intends to exercise his right to free speech after the trial is concluded without divulging whether he will testify on Thursday.
Giuliani: I’ve got nothing for you right now until after the trial is over. But I wouldn’t be happy to talk to you when these restrictions are not on me. I can say what I like to say, except no comment. The court order is pretty complete with regard to that, and I’m going to respect it. After all, there’s only a day or two more to go, and then we’ll be able to exercise our right to free speech, God willing, like every other American.
Reporter: Are you gonna testify tomorrow?
Giuliani: I intend to, but I always leave them guessing. When I was a prosecutor, defense lawyers never told me if the guy was going to testify. I sure as heck I’m not gonna tell them whether I am or I’m not. So the better soon I am.
Reporter: Well, yesterday, you said the truth would come out. So is this a change from yesterday?
Giuliani: We’re not over yet. I said the truth will come out. The truth will come out. I didn’t say when. So, it will come out, and it will come out very, very shortly. But I’m not going to comment on the courtroom. I’m not supposed to.
Conradson: All these recordings they played today and stuff like that with people saying stuff. Do you have any control over what other people say?
Giuliani: I had nothing to do with any of this. As you know, my name isn’t there, it doesn’t refer to me, I don’t even know who those people are.