“We find that the Respondent’s conduct immediately threatens the public interest and warrants a provisional suspension of the practice of law, pending further proceedings before the Prosecutor’s Grievance Board,” the Appeal Division of the New York Supreme Court wrote.
Mr. Giuliani, former New York City mayor, served as Mr. Trump’s personal advocate during his presidency. After the defeat of the former president in the 2020 elections, Mr Giuliani launched dozens of court cases challenge the results, often citing refuted conspiracy theories about voter fraud and corrupt voting machines.
On Thursday, the appeals court made it clear that Mr. Giuliani’s “false statements” in those cases were what resulted in his license being suspended.
“We find that there is undisputed evidence that the Respondent [Mr Giuliani] communicated clearly false and misleading statements to 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 ” , wrote the court.
Under the court order, Mr. Giuliani will not be allowed to represent clients as a lawyer as long as the suspension remains in effect. He was not removed from the bar, but some believe it could come later.
“Given the advice of the First Department, it is difficult to imagine that Rudy will not be struck off the bar after a full hearing,” said lawyer and political commentator George Conway. tweeted. “It is now almost inconceivable that he will ever set foot in a courtroom other than as an accused. “
Mr. Giuliani has been a lawyer since 1969. In 1983, he rose to the post of US lawyer in Manhattan, where he and his team achieved significant victories against organized crime. These successes helped launch his political career, during which he became mayor of New York City from 1994 to 2001 and presidential candidate in 2008.
“This tribunal was presented with unfounded strained legal arguments and speculative accusations, not pleaded in the operational complaint and not supported by evidence,” Pennsylvania judge Matthieu brann, a Republican, wrote as he dismissed one of Mr Giuliani’s cases “with prejudice”.
The independent has contacted Mr Giuliani’s attorneys for comment, but has yet to receive a response.