Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani’s finances would be upended if he fails in an appeal of a defamation suit in which he was ordered to pay $148 million to two Atlanta election workers he falsely accused of ballot fraud.
Giuliani’s attorney said Thursday in the Washington, DC, courtroom that an initial $43 million in damages sought by Ruby Freeman and her daughter, Andrea “Shaye” Moss, would be “the civil equivalent of the death penalty.”
“If you award them what they are asking for, it will be the end of Mr. Giuliani,” attorney Joe Sibley said of his 79-year-old client, according to multiple reports.
After two days of deliberations, a DC jury ended up awarding the pair $75 million in punitive damages and $20 million to both individually for emotional distress.
Moss was also given just under…