(USA Features) Harvard Law School professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz said Saturday he doesn’t believe that a New York appellate court’s suspension of former Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani’s law license in the state will stand because of the way the order was handed down.
In an interview with Newsmax TV, Dershowitz noted that Giuliani was not afforded due process, adding that there would be “no lawyers left” if attorneys were disbarred using the same process.
“Plea bargain associations always involve puffing of your side, always involve exaggerations,” he told “Saturday Report.”
The former New York City mayor and federal prosecutor’s license was suspended after a state court concluded that he lied when arguing that the 2020 election was stolen from then-President Donald Trump.
“[W]e 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 ruled Thursday in a 33-page decision.
The court also claimed that Giuliani threatened the “public interest” while acting as Trump’s attorney, concluding that the sum of his actions “warrant interim suspension from the practice of law.”
Dershowitz, however, said the ruling is way out of bounds
“I taught legal ethics for 35 years at Harvard,” he said. “I’ve never seen a case like this.”
The law professor said Guiliani was not given the opportunity to make his case before the court ruled.
While the ruling is likely to stand in other New York state courts, Dershowitz suggested it could be overturned by federal courts and that the case may even go as high as the U.S. Supreme Court, where he predicted victory for Giuliani.
“The criteria is so vague,” said Dershowitz, noting the court ruled against Giuliani for his “misstatements” in courts as well as his comments to the media.
“If you start holding lawyers responsible for everything they said, my God, I can tell you myself and my own experience: Many, many lawyers who have committed much, much worse lies in the public domain, and they don’t go after them,” Dershowitz said.
“This is a very selective department.”
Dershowitz went on to speculate that the Biden Justice Department’s lawsuit against Georgia’s new voter integrity law would, for the most part, pass legal muster, especially the provision requiring voter ID.
“In the end, some of the law will be upheld, and maybe some of it will be struck down, but this Georgia law is not about race,” Dershowitz said.