Judge Hears From Coalition Wanting Money From Giuliani

Group includes election workers, IRS, and Hunter Biden
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 20, 2024 12:10 PM CST
Judge Hears From Coalition Wanting Money From Giuliani
Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani speaks outside the federal courthouse in Washington on Dec. 15.   (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

A group of people and businesses saying they are owed money by Rudy Giuliani gathered virtually Friday for the first court hearing since he declared bankruptcy last month after losing a defamation suit to two Georgia election workers. During a two-hour Zoom hearing, an attorney for Giuliani told a US bankruptcy judge that the former New York City mayor lacks the funds to pay the $148 million he owes the election workers for spreading a conspiracy about their role in the 2020 election. Others with claims against Giuliani should expect to wait as well, the AP reports.

"There's no pot of gold at the end of the rainbow," the attorney, Gary Fischoff, said, noting that Giuliani was working as a radio and podcast host while dealing with a wide range of financial issues. The bankruptcy filing has brought forth a diverse coalition of creditors who previously sued Giuliani for unrelated issues. In addition to the election workers, creditors include a supermarket employee who was thrown in jail for patting Giuliani's back, two elections technology companies that he spread conspiracies about, a woman who says he coerced her into sex, several of his former attorneys, the IRS, and Hunter Biden. Biden is suing Giuliani, saying he wrongly shared his personal data after obtaining it from the owner of a computer repair shop.

Giuliani's bankruptcy filing last month came one day after a judge ordered him to immediately pay $148 million to Ruby Freeman and her daughter, Shaye Moss. The Chapter 11 declaration halted the judgment but also prevented Giuliani from challenging the verdict, per the AP. During Friday's hearing, Giuliani's attorney tried to persuade the bankruptcy judge, Sean Lane, to temporarily lift a stay to allow him to appeal the judgment. Lane agreed to the procedural step, with conditions. Some of the creditors have expressed concerns that Giuliani is taking advantage of the bankruptcy process to avoid paying his debts. Saying Giuliani has a "transactional relationship with the truth," an attorney for a group of creditors urged the judge to set guardrails to ensure the litigation did not drag on. The next hearing is scheduled for Jan. 31.

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