The New York Supreme Court’s appeals division ruled on Thursday that it was temporarily suspending former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani from practicing law on the basis of a finding that he had made false statements to the courts and others while representing former President Donald Trump.
The disciplinary proceedings are the result of several complaints filed against Giuliani and are based on allegations of misrepresentation made in courts, in the media and elsewhere about the 2020 elections.
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“[W]We find that there is compelling evidence that the Respondent communicated manifestly false and misleading statements to the courts, lawmakers and the general public in his capacity as counsel for former President Donald J. Trump and the Trump campaign. in connection with Trump’s failure for re-election in 2020, the ruling says.
These statements, the court said, “were made to unduly reinforce the respondent’s narrative that due to widespread electoral fraud, the victory in the 2020 US presidential election was stolen from his client.”
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Examples of statements included claims that more mail-in ballots were submitted in Pennsylvania than were distributed, despite state records showing this to be false, and claims that thousands of deceased people voted in Philadelphia (sometimes 8,021, but also 30,000). ), including former great boxer Joe Frazier. The court noted that the state revoked Frazier’s eligibility to vote three months after his death in 2012. The ruling also said Giuliani distorted the nature of a court case regarding the elections in Pennsylvania, where he has made arguments related to the fraud despite the fact that the fraud claims were not made.
Additional claims against Giuliani involve statements he made about a large number of underage voters, dead voters, and votes cast by ineligible convicted felons, only for state investigations to show the to the contrary, claims that ballots counted by Dominion machines were manipulated in Georgia, and unsubstantiated claims that varying numbers of illegal immigrants voted in Arizona.
Giuliani claimed that not all of the false statements he made were made knowing they were false at the time.
The suspension is “provisional” and will take effect as full disciplinary proceedings against him unfold. The court recognized that this was a harsh measure they considered appropriate given “an immediate threat to the public interest”.
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Giuliani’s statements are said to be in violation of New York’s Rules of Professional Conduct, which govern the conduct of attorneys in the state. The court ruling said it is likely that when the whole case is completed, it “will result in substantial permanent sanctions” against the former mayor.
“We are disappointed with the Appeal Division, the First Department’s decision suspending Mayor Giuliani before having a hearing into the alleged issues,” Giuliani’s attorneys John Leventhal and Barry Kamins said following the decision. “This is unprecedented because we believe our client poses no danger to the public interest. We believe that once the issues are fully explored in a hearing, Mr. Giuliani will be reinstated as a valued member of the legal profession that he has served so well in his many functions for so many years. “
Fox News’s Marta Dhanis contributed to this report.
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