A judge stated that a voting machine company’s defamation suit against Fox News will not include the Jan. 6 uprising at the US Capitol.
Defamation Suit vs Fox News, and the Jan. 6 Uprising
The defamation suit against Fox News filed by voting machine company Dominion Systems will not include the Jan. 6 uprising, as stated by Supreme Court Judge Eric Davis last Wednesday’s hearing. Davis says that the Jan. 6 uprising is irrelevant. A statement that “probably shocked everyone.” Dominion Systems claim that Fox News allowed the allies of former president Donald Trump to claim repeatedly that the voting machines and the website that was used, were the ones responsible for the former president’s election loss during the 2020 presidential elections.
The defamation suit’s trial is set for April 17. Davis says that the statements that were aired at the time were completely false. He also added that it was up to a jury to decide if Fox News had any ill intention and if they were involved with the green-lighting of the aired statements, and if Dominion is owed for any damages. At present, Dominion is asking for $1.6 billion in relation to the defamation suit.
Dominion specifically mentioned that they were defamed by the comments that were aired on 17 different programs between the 8th of November, 2020, and the 26th of January, 2021. Dominion also pointed out tweets coming from Lou Dobbs, a former network host of Fox Business. These and more were included as reasons for Dominion’s defamation suit against the known news outlet.
Fox News Officials Against Defamation Suit
Dominion Systems in their defamation suit against Fox News believed that Fox viewers took the “lies” of the news outlet to heart, leading them to take the fight to social media and rallies taking place in various parts of the country. In a separate ruling, requests made by Dominion to request several Fox News officials were denied by Davis.
On a similar account, Davis refused to let a separate set of Fox News officials travel to Delaware to testify in person, all of which was requested again by Dominion. This time, Davis said to Dominion that the officials could still testify for the defamation suit remotely through Zoom.