A circuit court of appeals has suspended Rudy Giuliani’s law license in Washington D.C., two weeks after a New York State appeals court announced a similar decision, though the suspension would be unlikely to stand up.
According to the D.C. court’s order, Giuliani will be suspended from the practice of law pending further disciplinary proceedings in New York.
“The respondent [Giuliani] is suspended from the practice of law in the District of Columbia pending final disposition of this proceeding, effective on the date of entry of this order,” the order states.
The D.C. court halted the proceeding pending the resolution of the disciplinary matter in New York.
In its ruling on June 24, the Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court revoked Giuliani’s attorney license in the state, accusing him of making false and misleading statements while acting as legal counsel to former President Donald Trump.
“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 New York court stated.
“These false statements were made to improperly bolster respondent’s narrative that due to widespread voter fraud, victory in the 2020 United States presidential election was stolen from his client,” the ruling stated.
Alleging that the seriousness of Giuliani’s “uncontroverted misconduct cannot be overstated,” the New York court determined that Trump’s former personal attorney should have his license suspended while a disciplinary action continues to be considered.
Trump defensed his former lawyer from the decision of the New York court.
“Can you believe that New York wants to strip Rudy Giuliani, a great American Patriot, of his law license because he has been fighting what has already been proven to be a Fraudulent Election?” Trump said in a statement.
John Leventhal and Barry Kamins, two lawyers for Giuliani, saying that they were disappointed with the court’s decision.
“Our client does not pose a present danger to the public interest,” they said in a joint statement. “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.”
Harvard Legal professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz said that he has “never seen a case like this” during his 35 years of teaching legal ethics at the university, arguing that the suspension of Giuliani’s law license would likely not stand up since it was done without due process.
Dershowitz claimed that Giuliani did not have a hearing or an opportunity to prove whether or not he stated the truth or whether he knew he was lying.
The professor said that there will be “no lawyers left” if attorneys are disbarred with everything they say.
“If you start holding lawyers responsible for everything,” Dershowitz added, “my God, I can tell you myself and my own experience: Many, many lawyers who have committed much, much worse lies in the public domain, and they don’t go after them.”