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Judge shuts down Fox bid to look for links between George Soros and Smartmatic

today 10/31/2023
Fox News' attempt to search for connections between George Soros and Smartmatic has been rejected by a New York judge. Fox argued that Soros and his philanthropic organization, Open Society Foundation (OSF), possess documents relevant to their defense in a defamation trial. However, the judge deemed the documentation irrelevant and peripheral to the case. Smartmatic sued Fox for $2.7 billion, accusing the network of promoting false conspiracy theories about rigged elections. Fox has filed a counterclaim, alleging that Smartmatic is using the lawsuit to attract investors and suppress free speech. Fox's requests to subpoena Soros and OSF were based on statements made by Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell, who claimed that Smartmatic had ties to Soros. Fox's attorneys argued that the comments made by Giuliani and Powell were meant to question the nature of the relationship between Smartmatic and Soros. However, Soros' lawyer stated that the request was unrelated to the statements and instead focused on the relationship between Soros and Mark Malloch-Brown, who chaired Smartmatic's parent company and was a board member for OSF. Fox sought to direct OSF to search for any mention of "Smartmatic" to clarify the relationship between the company and Soros. Soros' lawyer argued that Fox was trying to prove something that was not in dispute and that they wished to remain non-parties to the case.
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