Politics Sidney Powell's lawyers argue her Fox News appearances were 'not infomercials,' compare her to Buddhist monk as they move to dismiss defamation lawsuit
Sidney Powell's Lawyer Argues 'Reasonable People' Understand Political Speech Often 'Inexact'
"Powell's position as a lawyer advocating for her client makes it far more likely that the audience would filter her comments as partisan opinion, not less," the attorney wrote.Powell filed a series of groundless election lawsuits in an effort to overturn President Joe Biden's victory over former President Donald Trump. The controversial lawyer baselessly claimed that Smartmatic worked with foreign nations and the Democrats to "rig" or "steal" the election from Trump. All of her lawsuits—as well as dozens of others filed by Trump and his supporters—were rejected in state and federal courts.
- Sidney Powell has asked a judge to dismiss Smartmatic's $2.7 billion defamation lawsuit.
- Her lawyers argue her appearances on Fox News weren't just infomercials to raise money.
- Rudy Giuliani, another defendant in the lawsuit, also asked a judge for dismissal.
An attorney for Sidney Powell filed a court motion Thursday asking a judge to dismiss a $2.7 billion defamation lawsuit against her, arguing her television appearances advancing conspiracy theories about the 2020 election were "not infomercials" and comparing her to a Buddhist monk.
Sidney Powell facing sanctions hearing in Detroit over election fraud claims
A federal judge has summoned Sidney Powell and other lawyers accused of peddling false fraud claims in the aftermath of the 2020 election to Detroit for a sanctions hearing. © Provided by Washington Examiner Judge Linda Parker ordered Powell and Michigan attorneys Greg Rohl, Scott Hagerstrom, and Stefanie Junttila to appear before a judge at 2 p.m. on July 6, according to the Detroit Free Press. The decision follows a request from Attorney General Dana Nessel, a Democrat, who argued Powell's effort to overturn Michigan's election victory for President Joe Biden was based on debunked lies.
, argued that Powell was sincerely concerned about the integrity of the election. Powell didn't just want to raise money through , as voting technology company Smartmatic alleged in its lawsuit, her attorney argued.
"Powell's Fox News interviews were about election integrity, evidence of election fraud, and her intention to take legal action to bring the malfeasance to light," the filing says. "Her appearances were not informercials promoting her law firm or DTR's websites. [sic]"
Powell, a former attorney on Donald Trump's 2020 election team, falsely accused Smartmatic of being in cahoots with Dominion Voting Systems, a rival election technology company, to "flip" votes from then-President Trump to now-President Joe Biden. When Trump fired Powell from his legal team, sheseeking to overturn the election results.
Fact-checking Sidney Powell's claim Trump could be reinstated
Months into President Joe Biden's first term, supporters of former President Donald Trump are still touting the "big lie" that Trump actually won the 2020 election. One of the prominent supporters of these theories is Trump's former lawyer Sidney Powell, who is facing a $1.3 billion defamation lawsuit for promoting the big lie. In defending herself against the lawsuit, Powell has argued that no reasonable people would have believed her assertions of fraud.
. It accused Powell, Rudy Giuliani, and Fox News of defamation over election conspiracy theory claims.
In the new filing, Powell's attorney, Howard Kleinhendler, said she can't be held responsible in a New York state court over her claims, comparing her to a Buddhist monk in the Himalayas.
"Plaintiffs ask this Court to assert personal jurisdiction over Powell because her words were broadcast world-wide by Fox news from New York and maybe, as a result, some New Yorkers sent money to a Texas not-for-profit corporation called Defending the Republic," Kleinhendler wrote. "According to this theory, a Buddhist monk shrouded in red robes high atop the Himalayas demanding Tibetan independence from China can be haled into this Court for defamatory statements against the Communist government."
Rudy Giuliani also asked to dismiss the defamation suit
An attorney for Giuliani. Like Powell, Giuliani's attorney argued that Smartmatic didn't have jurisdiction to sue him in New York over comments claiming the company had secret Venezuelan connections it used to develop technology to manipulate election results.
Florida Democrat: Kraken lawyer's group illegally operating
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's Democratic agriculture commissioner, whose office polices charities, alleged Friday that a group run by one of former President Donald Trump's most prominent election conspiracy adherents is illegally seeking donations in the state. Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried said her office has filed an administrative complaint against attorney Sidney Powell's Defending the Republic group demanding that it obey state law or cease Florida operations.
Giuliani's attorney also said that an "ordinary listener/reader" would interpret Giuliani's remarks to be a reference to a Venezuelan company. Smartmatic is a British or Dutch company, and.
Fox News, too, has filed motions asking the court to dismiss the Smartmatic lawsuit.
Court filingsand argued that since the media company was offering newsworthy information from the president's lawyers to viewers, it didn't need to deeply scrutinize Powell's and Giuliani's claims. Smartmatic that Fox News shouldn't benefit from legal protections normally given to media companies in defamation lawsuits in New York.
Dominion hasover election falsehoods. They have all asked for the lawsuits to be dismissed.
In March, Powell's attorneys argued that Dominion's lawsuit should be dismissed, even though . Powell also over her lawsuits.
Ex-Model Who Accused Epstein Pal Leon Black of Sex Abuse Sues Him for Defamation .
A former model who accused Leon Black of sexual abuse earlier this year is now suing the embattled billionaire for defamation, alleging he lied to the media about their relationship and falsely accused her of extortion. In a 29-page lawsuit filed Tuesday in New York State Supreme Court, Guzel Ganieva, 38, accused Black, the former CEO of Apollo Global Management, of defamation, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and gender-motivated violence throughout their six-year relationship, which ended in 2015 when she was allegedly forced to sign an NDA and take hush money. “The only repeated threats for many years came from Black to Ms.