Colorado judge rules defamation suit against Joe Oltmann, FEC United can proceed to trial

Colorado Newsline: A Colorado judge has ruled that a defamation lawsuit by a former employee of Denver-based Dominion Voting Systems against a network of far-right conspiracy theorists tied to former President Donald Trump’s 2020 campaign can proceed to trial, rejecting the defendants’ motion to dismiss the case.

In a 136-page ruling issued Friday, Judge Marie Avery Moses of the Denver District Court wrote that evidence presented in the case shows that the defendants engaged in “the deliberate spread of dangerous and inflammatory political disinformation designed to sow distrust in democratic institutions.”

More than a dozen individuals and organizations are named as defendants in the lawsuit, which was filed by former Dominion employee Eric Coomer in December 2020. The defamation case centers on a conspiracy theory spread by Douglas County resident Joe Oltmann, founder of far-right activist group FEC United and host of the “Conservative Daily” podcast.

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