A DC appeals court on Wednesday suspended Rudy Giuliani’s law license after a similar ruling by a court in New York, The Washington Post reports.
The New York Supreme Court temporarily suspended Giuliani's law license last month after finding that he misled judges and lawmakers while pushing former President Donald Trump’s bogus election challenges.
The court found that Giuliani’s actions were an “immediate threat” to the public and that he “directly inflamed” tensions ahead of the January 6 Capitol riot.
“The seriousness of respondent’s uncontroverted misconduct cannot be overstated. 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 court said.
Giuliani still faces a disciplinary proceeding where he can fight to get his law license back but the judges predicted that he could face “permanent” sanctions.
A day after the New York ruling, a disciplinary counsel in DC recommended suspending Giuliani’s law license in the nation’s capital, the only other place where he is licensed to practice, until the New York case is resolved.
The DC court on Wednesday agreed and suspended Giuliani’s license pending a decision.
Disciplinary proceedings could stretch years, though Giuliani’s license in DC was already inactive, meaning that he could not appear in court without making a formal request and paying his dues.
Giuliani fights back:
Giuliani has not commented specifically on the DC case but on Twitter alleged “political persecution” and shared tweets vowing that he will be “vindicated.”
“This is unprecedented as we believe that our client does not pose a present danger to the public interest,” his lawyers said last month. “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.”