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Rudy Giuliani’s bankruptcy case turns to threats of prison

The trial in Rudy Giuliani’s bankruptcy case reached a boiling point Wednesday when attorneys for creditors owed $148 million by the former New York mayor created the possibility of seeking prison time for his alleged “bankruptcy crimes.”

In New York federal court, Rachel Strickland, a lawyer representing the two 2020 Georgia election workers whom Giuliani defamed, pushed for Giuliani’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy case to be thrown out, offering that Giuliani could get a “hall pass” if the court did not. the Independent reported.

Strickland alleged that Giuliani, the former lawyer for Donald Trump, has used the procedure to shield himself from the financial fallout from the defamation case, pointing to how he has repeatedly refused to comply with demands to disclose his income and assets, according to Politico.

“He views this court as a pause button on his woes while he continues to live his life unmolested by creditors,” Strickland added. “If the case is dismissed, creditors will be able to hold the mayor of the United States accountable for the damages he has caused.”

The claim prompted Giuliani to end the call, characterizing Strickland’s remarks as “highly defamatory” and to request a recess, which U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Sean Lane refused to grant.

Gary Fischoff, Giuliani’s attorney, later clarified “Giuliani would not commit any bankruptcy crimes.”

Lane indicated that he was leaning toward dismissing the case, namely because of his concerns Giuliani has used the matter to delay the payments, per Politico.

“I am concerned that past is prologue,” the judge said, adding that he remains concerned “the difficulties that we have encountered in this case in terms of transparency will continue and haunt the case.”

According to IndependentGiuliani initially wanted to convert the case from a Chapter 11 to a Chapter 7 to liquidate his assets.

But just before the hearing began, Giuliani’s legal team reversed course and indicated they also supported dismissing the case. Fischoff said a dismissal would provide “the best chance” for an appeal of the verdict in the defamation case.

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