'Borat 2' star Rudy Giuliani Suspended From Practicing Law In The State of New York
Former New York City mayor, Rudy Giuliani -- he's just like us! Yep, despite his breakout role as a creepy old man in Borat 2, making national news for allegedly ripping ass amid a court hearing, and evidently failing to distinguish the Four Seasons hotel from Four Seasons Total Landscaping, it seems we still have quite a bit in common with good 'ol RuGiu -- namely, that fact that the majority of us also cannot practice law in the state of New York.
Yep, on today's installment of Rudy WatchTM, America's Mayor is continuing to face the consequences of touting baseless allegations of voter fraud following the 2020 election, this time, losing his ability to practice law in his home state. On Thursday, a New York appellate court ruled to suspend Giuliani's law license as he faces disbarment, citing the "demonstrably false and misleading statements" he made over the past several months.
“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 panel wrote in their decision. "We conclude that respondent’s conduct immediately threatens the public interest and warrants interim suspension from the practice of law, pending further proceedings before the Attorney Grievance Committee."
Of course, the Borat 2 star was not happy regarding the ruling, telling reporters that he found the panel's decision “ridiculous.” "How can they say I lied without a hearing," the anti-hair mascara spokesperson said, conveniently forgetting he repeated his bogus claims in courtrooms across the nation, spewing hot air not only from his mouth but allegedly from another orifice during his visit to Michigan. "They haven’t questioned me."
As NBC News noted, in reaching the ruling, the panel “examined several comments" the once-beloved politician made and ultimately determined that no matter how many times the former Mayor proverbially yelled “freedom of speech!” the investigation was not, in fact, a violation of his first amendment rights.
"This disciplinary proceeding concerns the professional restrictions imposed on respondent as an attorney to not knowingly misrepresent facts and make false statements in connection with his representation of a client," reads the decision. "It is long recognized that 'speech by an attorney is subject to greater regulation than speech by others.'"
However, Giuliani's lawyers still aren't buying it. "This is unprecedented as we believe that our client does not pose a present danger to the public interest," said attorneys John Leventhal and Barry Kamins, who, unlike their client, can notably practice law in the state of New York. "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."
So folks, although Rudy Giuiliani may be many things, a greasy old man, a notorious farter, a purveyor of dripping hair dye, it seems there is one thing he is not – a lawyer in the eyes of New York State.