Giuliani's DC law licence suspended

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The District of Columbia Court of Appeals has suspended Rudy Giuliani, a former lawyer for ex-president Donald Trump, from practising law in Washington, DC until his temporary suspension in New York is resolved.

In a two-page order the court cited the action last month by a New York appeals court and said Giuliani is "suspended from the practice of law in the District of Columbia pending final disposition of this proceeding".

Giuliani, former president Donald Trump's lawyer throughout his efforts to have the 2020 election overturned, was suspended from practising law by the New York court because he made false statements while trying to get courts to overturn Trump's loss in the presidential race.

A disciplinary committee had asked the New York court to suspend Giuliani's licence on the grounds he had violated professional conduct rules as he promoted theories that the election was stolen through fraud.

The court made the action immediate, even though disciplinary proceedings are not complete, because there was an "immediate threat" to the public.

Giuliani called the New York court's opinion a "disgrace", saying it was based on hearsay and "could have been written by the Democratic National Committee".

The practical impact of the DC court ruling is questionable, since Giuliani's law licence in Washington was already inactive.

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