In a new court filing, Sidney Powell argued that no reasonable people would believe her election fraud claims.
Following the 2020 Presidential Election, attorney Sidney Powell began independently investigating claims of election fraud. Part of her investigation included Dominion Voting Systems, an electronic voting technology company. Now, Dominion Voting Systems, a company that sells electronic voting hardware and software, sued Sydney Powell for $1.3 billion in defamation after her advancement of election fraud claims. Powell appeared on conservative media and worked to prove the occurrence of election fraud. Her work fueled election doubts, which the company claims Powell knew were false.
The lawsuit began in January, citing Powell’s TV appearances, online posts, and unfounded beliefs, including that Dominion was linked to communist Venezuela and Georgia officials were in on election fraud. Dominion alleges that Powell and others who spread theories of fraud, including lawyer Rudy Giuliani and MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, have caused it “irreparable harm.” In a new court filing, Powell claims that “reasonable people” would not have believed her claims of election fraud. According to her defense lawyers, Powell was sharing her “opinion”, and that the public could reach “their own conclusions” about whether votes were changed by election machines.
Powell’s defense lawyers go on to write, “Indeed, Plaintiffs themselves characterize the statements at issue as ‘wild accusations’ and ‘outlandish claims.’ They are repeatedly labelled ‘inherently improbable’ and even ‘impossible.’ Such characterizations of the allegedly defamatory statements further support Defendants’ position that reasonable people would not accept such statements as fact but view them only as claims that await testing by the courts through the adversary process.”
In their lawsuit, Dominion writes, “Emboldened by Trump’s endorsement of her false accusations, which launched her into political superstardom, Powell’s defamatory media campaign continued and intensified” with her media appearances. Within her defense, Powell maintains that her statements about the 2020 election were a “matter of public concern” about a publicly known company, Dominion, and thus protected speech. Powell is requesting for a judge in Washington, DC, to dismiss the case, or move the case to the federal court in Texas.
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