Sidney Powell Appears In Court

( )- On Thursday, attorneys representing Texas lawyer Sidney Powell, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, and My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell put forward arguments in a federal district court in Washington, D.C., that a defamation lawsuit filed by Dominion Voting Systems should be thrown out.

The lawyers argued that Dominion, the company behind voting machines used in many states in the last election, acted in a government capacity when providing election software and hardware, and as a result, they must prove that Lindell and Powell acted with “malice” when they made claims about election fraud in the November presidential election.

The attorneys cited previous cases that banned public officials from filing lawsuits against individuals who leveled criticisms against them.

The argument, in case you’re not sure about it, is that Dominion Voting Systems may technically be a private firm, but by providing the resources required for the government to hold an election, they are effectively an extension of the federal government and should not be protected from legitimate criticism.

If we can’t criticize election systems providers when we suspect election fraud, then how can we be sure we’ll ever have a fair election ever again?

The attorney representing Lindell, who has been one of the staunchest defenders of former President Donald Trump, said that criticizing the government is not actionable, and Dominion should be considered a government entity because they administered the election.

Tom Clare, an attorney representing Dominion, claimed that the defendants were “falsely” claiming the voting machines company is a government actor and claimed that Dominion doesn’t administer elections.

…how exactly do they not administer an election? Dominion literally provides the machines that store and counter votes.

Powell appeared in court alongside Lindell and a number of Dominion officials. Rudy Giuliani was not in attendance and was represented by his attorney Joseph Sibley.

If two high-profile lawyers and a businessman are successfully sued for libel for criticizing a company over concerns about election fraud – then what does that say about American democracy today?