Georgia Election Worker Told Jurors She Feared for Her Life

Former Georgia election worker Wandrea “Shaye” Moss has alleged that “Rudy Giuliani and other Donald Trump allies falsely accused her of fraud.” On Tuesday, during her trial, Moss told jurors that that she was “scared for her life.” Moss elaborated, stating “she seldom leaves her home, suffers from panic attacks and battles nightmares brought on by a barrage of threatening and racist messages.”

As reported, Moss took the witness stand on the second day of the defamation trial. This trial “will determine how much the former New York City mayor will have to pay Moss and her mother, Ruby Freeman, for spreading a conspiracy theory that they rigged the state’s 2020 election results.” In what might be considered a bizarre twist in the trial procedure, “Moss noted that Giuliani just a day earlier — after the trial began — repeated the false claims about her and her mother, saying they were “engaged in changing votes.””

In response to a question from Giuliani’s lawyer, Moss exclaimed: “I personally cannot repair my reputation at the moment because your client is still lying on me and ruining my reputation further.”

Reporting described Moss “sobbing as she testified that her life was turned upside down by the accusations.” Reporting further asserts that those accusations “were quickly debunked by state officials.” In what was no doubt powerful evidence on her behalf, Moss’ attorneys displayed a few of “the graphic messages accusing her of treason and more that she received after Giuliani in December 2020 falsely accused workers at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta of tampering with ballots.”

Moss described her demeanor prior to the statements by Giuliani, informing that she was “a bubbly, outgoing person before the conspiracy theories began,” and then testifying that “since then she’s been stuck in a lonely cycle of crying and nightmares.”

Moss offered dramatic testimony, expressing some of her fears. “I’m most scared of my son finding me and or my mom hanging in front of our house on a tree having to get news at school that his mom was killed.” As reported, Moss sought to justify her claim for experiencing fear by testifying that “in January 2021, someone came to her grandmother’s door threatening to make a “citizen arrest.”” Moss described her mental state: “Most days I pray that God does not wake me up and I just disappear.”

The trial judge overseeing the defamation case has already found Giuliani liable. As reported, Giuliani is quoted as acknowledging “in court that he made public comments falsely claiming Freeman and Moss committed fraud while counting ballots.” The issue in this trial “is the amount of damages Giuliani will have to pay the women.”

“Moss and her mother are seeking tens of millions of dollars in damages from Giuliani in the defamation case. The women’s lawyers estimated that reputational damages could reach $47 million, and suggested emotional and punitive damages on top of that could be “tens of millions.” In a contrary statement, “Giuliani’s lawyer has said any award should be much less, describing the damages the women are seeking as the civil equivalent of the death penalty.”

Simultaneously, Giuliani is preparing to defend himself “against criminal charges in a separate case in Georgia. Giuliani has pleaded not guilty in the criminal case that accuses him and others of scheming to overturn Donald Trump’s 2020 election loss in the state. He has denied any wrongdoing.”

D & B Staff

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