this wasnt against a public figure. The case is being brought by a company , who is the aggrieved party . They are bringing a CIVIL SUITE, not a criminal case. It may turn out to b criminal if fraud was involved or mail fraud in how Rudy circulated this disinformation . The juries will decide (I assume they ill have to be brought within several states election laws)
In a civil case, the plaintiff merely needs to show the preponderence of evidence supports its claim. "Why Rudy and Hortense lied" is immaterial .
For example , filing incorrect or false information causing damage to Dominion is the basis of the civil case in total. Court doesnt reach a verdict based on whether you "meant it" or not, the damage is the issue and whether the damage was not an "Act of Frd"