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(LIVE) Fox News / Dominion Trial - Updated Throughout The Day
Updates will be posted at the top of this story, throughout the day, as this story revolves and we follow the trial.
Updates - 4:16 PM ET: A Settlement has been reached:
Judge Davis expressed gratitude to the jurors for their limited service following his announcement that the parties had reached a settlement. Despite being informed that the trial would last six weeks, the jurors and alternates were dismissed after a mere few hours. Judge Davis acknowledged their significance in the resolution of the case, stating that without them, the parties would not have been able to settle their dispute. The settlement amount is being reported at $787.5 million.
Update - 3:33 PM ET: The top attorneys have met briefly in the judge's chambers before they just returned to the courtroom. Dominion and Fox lawyers continued conferring, delaying the scheduled start of opening arguments, sparking rumors of a possible settlement. The trial was already postponed for a day, further fueling speculation.
Update - 3:16 PM ET: Dominion was slated to commence its opening statement to the jury, which would last around 90 minutes, at 1:30 p.m. Eastern Time. However, as of 2:45 p.m., neither the judge nor the jury had made an appearance, and no explanation was provided for the current delay.
Update - 2:17 PM ET: Judge Eric Davis has authorized a special master to investigate the potential "discovery issues" of Fox News. This development has arisen just before the commencement of opening arguments in the case.
As per the order, the special master's investigation will encompass an evaluation of Fox News and Fox Corp's compliance with their discovery obligations.
Update - 12:03 PM ET: Court will be back in session at 1:30 PM ET.
Update - 11:56 AM ET: The judge just called the jury in to provide them with instructions on several things including how to use their notes and what they can expect to see from here on out. Opening statements will begin after lunch and both sides will take about an hour and a half each to do so. Witnesses won’t be called today, but will be tomorrow.
Update - 11:35 AM ET: Fox News has just unveiled some of their exhibits for the Dominion trial. They include four separate clips from the Hit TV series, 'The Simpsons'. The four episodes all show Homer Simpson voting in Presidential elections. They are as follows:
"Treehouse of Horror XIX" where Homer Votes for Obama
"Homer Votes 2012" where Homer votes for Mitt Romney.
"Homer Votes 2016" where Putin tries to convince Homer to vote for Donald Trump.
"Treehouse of Horror XXXI" where Homer is indecisive when going to vote for Biden or Trump
Update - 11:14 AM ET: Dominion has submitted a lengthy list of over 7,000 exhibits to the court, which includes videos, transcripts, emails, text exchanges, and other documents related to Fox and Trump. Fox has also submitted a list of 5,169 exhibits.
Update - 10:32 AM ET: The court has successfully seated a panel of twelve jurors and is presently proceeding to seat an additional twelve alternate jurors.
As the highly anticipated trial between Fox News and Dominion Voting Systems begins today, a flurry of developments have emerged in the past 24 hours. Firstly, reports have surfaced that the presiding judge postponed the trial's start date from Monday to today, with sources indicating that it was Fox News who sought an out-of-court settlement. However, Dominion appears to have declined any such offers.
Another noteworthy development is the recent revelation regarding Fox News producer Abby Grossberg. In a sworn statement obtained by NBC News, Grossberg, who collaborated with popular hosts Maria Bartiromo and Tucker Carlson, alleges that Fox lawyers neglected to search an additional cellphone in her possession, despite repeated reminders and orders from the court during the discovery process.
Grossberg states that the cellphone in question, which was provided by the company, was inoperable but was still used by her during the 2020 election coverage. Despite informing Fox lawyers of its existence, the device was not searched or its contents copied, as was done with her other phones.
Grossberg's employment with Fox News was terminated in March after she filed a lawsuit claiming that the network's lawyers had coerced her into providing false testimony in the Dominion case, and that she was being used as a scapegoat for the network's coverage of the 2020 election. However, Fox contends that Grossberg was fired for revealing confidential information.
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