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NY suspends Giuliani from law practice over ‘misleading statements’ surrounding 2020 election

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By Jenny Goldsberry

New York Supreme Court’s appellate division ruled Thursday to suspend Rudy Giuliani from practicing law for claiming that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from Donald Trump. This month marks the 52nd anniversary since Giuliani began practicing law in the state.

According to the ruling, Giuliani violated New York’s “Rules of Professional Conduct” when he “communicated demonstrably false and misleading statements to courts, lawmakers and the public.”

“These false statements were made to improperly bolster (Giuliani’s) narrative that due to widespread voter fraud, victory in the 2020 United States presidential election was stolen from his client,” the court wrote. “We conclude that respondent’s conduct immediately threatens the public interest and warrants interim suspension from the practice of law.”

However, the former New York City mayor is only suspended “pending further proceedings before the Attorney Grievance Committee.” It is unclear what Giuliani’s next move is, as he and his team have responded to requests for comment.

You can follow Jenny Goldsberry on Twitter @jennyjournalism.

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BREAKING: IL judge orders state election board to remove Trump from primary ballot

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Cook County Judge Tracie Porter issued a lengthy ruling Wednesday which orders the state election board to remove former President Donald Trump from the Illinois primary ballot on March 19. Porter wrote Trump is disqualified from the presidency due to his actions relating to the January 6, 2021 riots at the U.S. Capitol.

Porter said she was aware her “decision could not be the ultimate outcome,” given that higher courts will have a chance to weigh in; she also put her order on hold until Friday in anticipation of an appeal.

The Chicago Sun Times reports that the State Board of Elections voted unanimously last month to reject the same bid to block Trump from Illinois’ ballot under the 14th Amendment. But Porter found the board’s decision to be “clearly erroneous.”

The 14th Amendment bars from “any office, civil or military, under the United States” anyone who previously took an oath as an “officer of the United States” to support the Constitution but then engaged in “insurrection or rebellion.”

Trump’s lawyers have told the U.S. Supreme Court the amendment doesn’t apply because the president is not an “officer of the United States” under the Constitution and because he did not engage in “anything that qualifies as ‘insurrection.’”

According to the Chicago Sun Times, the “U.S. Supreme Court is poised to rule on the controversy soon — and appeared skeptical of the arguments to kick Trump off Colorado’s ballot. The clock is ticking on the nation’s high court given that Colorado’s primary election is Tuesday.” Porter also said her order would be put on hold if the Supreme court’s ruling is ultimately “inconsistent” with hers.

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