Sidney Powell has moved to dismiss Dominion’s defamation lawsuit. She argues that when she accused Dominion of being part of an election-rigging scheme with ties to Venezuela, “no reasonable person would conclude” those “were truly statements of fact” .
Powell argues she can’t be liable if the information she based her “opinions and legal theories” on were actually unreliable, comparing herself to reporters who get 1A protection when they cite sources; but she later also makes clear she disputes that her info was “false”.
Powell also raises jurisdictional and venue-related arguments, basically saying the parties + allegations lack sufficient ties to DC and the case should be moved to Texas.The (sort of) retreat of the Kraken: Sidney Powell argues she can’t be sued for defamation because her voter fraud lies were just “opinions and legal theories.”
“…no reasonable person would conclude that the statements were truly statements of fact”The hundreds of criminal cases brought re: the Jan. 6 insurrection show how potent Powell and other Trump allies’ conspiracy theories were — for ex, one man charged with assaulting cops echoed Powell’s false claims that voting machines were tampered with Even as she tried to distance herself from any liability for what she repeatedly said on TV, in public, and in court, Powell also dug in, arguing Dominion couldn’t prove actual malice because “she believed the allegations then and she believes them now”