Judge orders ‘unwilling and uncooperative’ Rudy Giuliani to ‘immediately’ pay $148 million to defamed election workers

Former Mayor of New York Rudy Giuliani talks to reporters as he leaves after his defamation trial in Washington, Friday, Dec. 15, 2023. A jury awarded $148 million in damages on Friday to two former Georgia election workers who sued Giuliani for defamation over lies he spread about them in 2020 that upended their lives with racist threats and harassment. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

Former Mayor of New York City Rudy Giuliani (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

One day after he was disbarred in the Empire State for numerous “intentionally made false statements” blaming Donald Trump’s 2020 election defeat on widespread fraud, Rudy Giuliani and his attorneys told a bankruptcy judge the former NYC mayor has an “absolute right” to convert his Chapter 11 reorganization case into a Chapter 7 liquidation of his assets. Unsurprisingly, attorneys for Giuliani’s creditors did not agree and suggested the timing of the maneuver was no coincidence.

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Sean Lane began the brief status conference on Wednesday by saying he “couldn’t help but notice” that Giuliani on Monday filed and personally signed an application to convert the bankruptcy from Chapter 11 to Chapter 7, a move which, if granted, would lead the U.S. Trustee’s Office to appoint a trustee that would liquidate Giuliani’s assets — for instance, his New York and Florida properties — and pay his creditors.

The judge, remarking that “inefficiency is expensive and doesn’t help anyone,” and that the same applies to “confusion,” held the status conference to figure out the best way to handle a slew of pending motions in the case in the weeks to come.

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