Former Trump lawyer Sidney Powell tells court to drop defamation suit because “reasonable people” did not believe her anyway

by Peter Heck · Mar 23rd, 2021 9:25 am

Last Updated Mar 26th, 2021 at 4:39 pm

Former Trump attorney Sidney Powell has entered a motion to dismiss the defamation lawsuit being brought against her by Dominion Voting Systems, arguing that the scrutinized voting firm was actually undermining their own case by accusing her of "wild accusations" and "outlandish claims."

Powell's defense is that if her claims were so outrageous, then "reasonable people would not accept such statements as fact." If that's the case, she argues, she can't be guilty of defamation since no one believed her.

Powell's attorneys said that her anti-Dominion statements were her own "opinions and legal theories," and never intended or designed to elicit widespread belief. It was up to an individual to decide for themselves whether her "hyperbole" and "exaggeration" had merit.

"Those members of the public who were interested in the controversy were free to, and did, review that evidence and reached their own conclusions—or awaited resolution of the matter by the courts before making up their minds," the lawyers wrote.

Powell is being sued for $1.3 billion in damages by Dominion, with the voting machine company highlighting 40 different times they believe Powell acted with "actual malice" in making false statements about them.


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