According to Breitbart News, a federal jury just found that a D.C.-based Democrat Super PAC defamed Alabama Judge Roy Moore during his 2017 bid for a U.S. Senate seat.
Moore’s lawsuit stemmed from a television ad that the Senate Majority PAC ran during his campaign.
Moore’s legal team argued that the ad juxtaposed statements from news articles in such a way as to make it seem as though Moore was guilty of soliciting sex from underage girls.
The Associated Press provides a description of the ad, writing:
The advertisement at issue in the lawsuit began with: “What do people who know Roy Moore say?” It followed with the statements “Moore was actually banned from the Gadsden mall … for soliciting sex from young girls” and “One he approached was 14 and working as Santa’s helper.” Both quotes cited various news articles.
The super PAC’s legal team tried to claim, in court, that this was unintentional. But, this past week, the jury sided with Moore.
Now, the super PAC has been ordered to pay Moore $8.2 million in damages resulting from the injury that he has suffered to his reputation.
Moore, following his legal victory, put out a statement, saying:
This is a huge blow to a major super PAC out of Washington DC that interfered in a senate election in the state of Alabama. The people of this state are tired of dirty politics and attempts by the establishment in Washington DC to control who the people of this state elect to the United States Senate.
“I feel this is vindication, and I give thanks to Almighty God and the jurors in this case for a great victory over our corrupt political system,” Moore added.
The super PAC’s legal team is expected to file an appeal.