The victims or deceased names are Ruby Freeman and Wandrea ArShaye “Shaye” Moss. : “Rudy Giuliani Declines to Testify in Federal Lawsuit, Faces $47M Damages”

Death – Obituary – Accident and Crime News : Rudy Giuliani, the former mayor of New York, chose not to testify in his own defense in a federal lawsuit filed by two Georgia election workers. The workers, Ruby Freeman and Wandrea ArShaye Moss, claim that Giuliani’s baseless claims of election theft destroyed their reputations and subjected them to threats and insults.

Giuliani’s defense team made the decision to forgo his testimony on Thursday morning, leading to the trial moving to closing arguments. The plaintiffs are seeking up to $47 million in damages after Giuliani was found liable by default in August for defamation. The judge found him liable based on his admissions and failure to provide evidence in the case.

Giuliani’s decision not to testify was not unexpected, as it is rare for defendants to take the stand in trials. Additionally, Giuliani is already facing criminal charges in a Georgia election case and has been identified as an uncharged co-conspirator in Donald Trump’s federal election obstruction case. Testifying could have required him to repeatedly assert his 5th Amendment right against self-incrimination.

Despite previous statements that he would testify, Giuliani’s attorney told jurors in opening statements that he would be the main defense witness. Giuliani himself had told reporters the previous night that he intended to testify but wanted to keep the prosecution guessing, comparing it to his experience as a prosecutor.

The trial began on Monday, with both Freeman and Moss giving emotional testimony before the plaintiffs rested their case. Freeman described the harassment and threats she received after Giuliani claimed she submitted thousands of false ballots for Joe Biden. The threats escalated to people showing up at her house with bullhorns, causing her to fear for her life. Freeman had to leave her home and has since been moving from place to place. The false claims have also ruined her reputation and affected her clothing boutique business.

The threats against Freeman and Moss came through various channels, including voice mail, email, text messages, and social media platforms. The two women have suffered significant damage to their reputations, and a marketing professor estimated that repairing their reputations would cost $47 million.

As the trial continues, further details and developments are expected to emerge.

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