New York Supreme Court suspends Rudy Giuliani’s license to practice law

The New York Supreme Court – Appellate Division ruled Thursday to suspend Rudy Giuliani’s license to practice law in New York, according to The Hill.

Giuliani, who served as former President Donald Trump’s attorney, was found by the court to have “demonstrably false and misleading statements” to not only the courts but also lawmakers and the public according to the 33-page decision.

The decision also indicated that the court found the seriousness of Giuliani’s “uncontroverted misconduct can not be overstated,” and further disciplinary action will still be considered, according to The Hill. 

Consequently, the false statements that were grounds for license revocation centered around the 2020 presidential election, according to the court’s decision:

“For the reasons that follow, we conclude that there is uncontroverted evidence that respondent communicated demonstrably false and misleading statements to courts, lawmakers and the public at large in his capacity as lawyer for former President Donald J. Trump and the Trump campaign in connection with Trump’s failed effort at reelection in 2020,” the court wrote.

According to The Hill, the court’s decision was made due to Giuliani’s “incredibly serious” misconduct, which it said posed “an immediate threat to the public,” as pertaining to his comments about the 2020 presidential election.

“This country is being torn apart by continued attacks on the legitimacy of the 2020 election and of our current president, Joseph R. Biden. The hallmark of our democracy is predicated on free and fair elections,” the court’s decision stated. “False statements intended to foment a loss of confidence in our elections and resulting loss of confidence in government generally damage the proper functioning of a free society.”

Attorneys for Giuliani made a statement to The Hill in which they called the court’s decision “unprecedented” and categorically denied any insinuation that Giuliana was a danger to public well-being. 

“We are disappointed with the Appellate Division, First Department’s decision suspending Mayor Giuliani prior to being afforded a hearing on the issues that are alleged. This is unprecedented as we believe that our client does not pose a present danger to the public interest,” said retired judges John Leventhal and Barry Kamins, who represent Giuliani. “We believe that once the issues are fully explored at a hearing Mr. Giuliani will be reinstated as a valued member of the legal profession that he has served so well in his many capacities for so many years,” the attorneys added.