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Group of NY lawyers call for Guiliani's suspension

Jan 22, 2021 5:45 am

Tom McParland is reporting for the New York Law Journal a group of attorneys is asking a state disciplinary panel to immediately suspend Rudy Giuliani’s law license pending an investigation into the former New York City mayor’s blocked effort to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election in favor of former President Donald Trump. The complainant is the nonpartisan organization, Lawyers Defending American Democracy made up of former federal prosecutors and retired partners at major law firms. The group has alleged that Giuliani “violated multiple provisions of the New York Rules of Professional Conduct” while representing Trump and the Trump campaign. The complaint did not call for a specific remedy, but said that Giuliani’s “flagrant and persistent lying” warranted heightened scrutiny and sanctions because he sought to undermine Americans’ constitutional right to vote. The lawyers cited Giuliani’s false statements of massive, widespread voter fraud, as well as his baseless litigation to invalidate millions of votes in key swing states, and also referenced his call on January 6 for “trial by combat” just before mobs violently swarmed the U.S. Capitol building and disrupted the counting of the 2020 Electoral College votes. More than three dozen attorneys signed the complaint. State Sen. Brad Hoylman, a Manhattan Democrat, last week urged the grievance committee to “swiftly launch a thorough investigation into whether Mr. Giuliani should be sanctioned for his conduct, and … strongly consider his disbarment, ...” The New York State Bar Association also announced on January 11 that it would consider removing Giuliani from its membership rolls. Read the full story in the New York Law Journal.

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