Moore's suit on behalf of the D.C.-based Senate Majority PAC was an ad that they ran in Moore's Senate campaign against the former senator Doug Jones (D-AL) in Alabama's special election of 2017.
Moore's bid for the senate in Alabama was thwarted when the Washington Post published a report which claimed Moore was involved in sexual encounters with four girls in their teen years between 1977 between 1977 and 1982.
According to the Associated Press:
The suit was based on a commercial on television that recapped allegations against Moore in a variety of news reports. Moore's lawyers argued that the commercial with the use of juxtaposition, falsely claimed that he was a sexual predator to young girls in a mall, and also another 14-year-old working as a Santa's Helper and resulted in Moore being barred from the shopping mall.
The ad in the suit began with the words “What do people who know Roy Moore say?” Then it went on to say “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 referenced different news reports.
“In their ad, they put quotes together to form an unifying claim. The jury found it offensive. They sat there and lied and claimed that they did not intend to do this,” Moore's attorney Jeff Wittenbrink told the jury.
There are no criminal charges brought against Moore who was previously in the position of Alabama Supreme Court chief justice.
Moore kept his innocence in check and denied all allegations after the Washington Post‘s story was published.
“This garbage is the very definition of fake news and intentional defamation,” Moore declared at the time.
Moore expressed his appreciation for the verdict of the jury as a “vindication” and said it is “a huge blow” to the Senate Majority PAC.
“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,” Moore stated. “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 are [sic] corrupt political system,” Moore said.
Moore's attorney also praised the jury's verdict, saying, “God's truth and justice won the day for Judge Roy Moore.”
“The verdict by this jury of regular people of the state of Alabama represents a great legal victory over those who will say and do anything to capture an election, including dragging the name of a good man through the mud to destroy a hard-earned reputation,” Wittenbrink claimed.
“The facts of this case were so egregious that the jury quickly found actual malice against the Senate majority super PAC,” Wittenbrink said.
A lawyer representing Senator Majority's PAC Senate Majority PAC said the committee intends to appeal the verdict of the jury.
“We do not think this verdict is the right decision, but we believe the facts are clear and this ruling will be overturned on appeal,” attorney Ben Stafford said.