Hours after a New York appellate court suspended former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s license to practice law for peddling “demonstrably false and misleading statements” on behalf of his deadbeat ex-presidential client Donald Trump, Giuliani failed to appear at a hearing to dismiss a defamation lawsuit filed by Dominion Voting Systems against him and his sedition squad.
Dominion is suing Giuliani and other Trump sycophants for propagating Trump’s lie that the 2020 election was stolen, which the company claims has damaged its reputation. Dominion seeks $1.3 billion in damages.
“All the other major figures involved in the hearing — MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, lawyer Sidney Powell, Dominion Voting Systems chief John Poulos and even famed attorney Alan Dershowitz — were in attendance, either in person or by phone. But Joseph Sibley, Giuliani’s lawyer in the case, told a federal judge in Washington that he was the only person there representing Giuliani in his bid to have the defamation suit dismissed,” CNBC reported on Thursday.
Giuliani – whose absence was unavoidably noticeable and likely detrimental to his side’s credibility (or whatever morsels of it exist at all) – insisted that the suspension of his law license prevented him from defending himself.
“They just listen to false allegations made by the Democrats. If you want to say I said something irresponsible, you have to give me a chance to defend myself,” Giuliani said outside his Manhattan residence as reported by NBC News at the time. He added that “only Trump lawyers get investigated.”
Giuliani’s complaint makes no sense because although Giuliani can no longer practice law, nothing is stopping him from showing up to court to act in his own defense. That is a decision only he could have made for himself.
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