Monday, February 6, 2023
Disbarment Proposed For Giuliani
District of Columbia Disciplinary Counsel has filed its 46-page Proposed Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law in In re Giuliani.
Disciplinary Counsel agues that he has established violations of Pennsylvania Rules of Professional Conduct 3.1 and 8.4(d).
The recommendation is disbarment
The Hearing Committee should recommend that the Court of Appeals disbar Mr. Giuliani because the integrity of the legal profession demands it. The Court must send a message that lawyers who misuse their law licenses to undermine our constitutional form of government cannot continue to practice law. One hopes that no other lawyer will ever engage in comparable conduct. Alas, as divided as our country is and as distrustful as many of us are of the basic institutions of our democracy - a distrust that Mr. Giuliani fostered and continues to foster - that may be a forlorn hope. But at the very least, the bar needs to know clearly that the consequences of such a betrayal of one's oath to support the Constitution is the loss of the privilege to practice law.
Notably, the pleading cites as comparable precedent an espionage conviction rather than a "garden-variety" frivolous litigation case such as the infamous pants judge.
Link to document here. (Mike Frisch)