Giuliani es arruinado por la justicia al ser obligado a desembolsar 148 millones de dólares por intromisión en las elecciones de Georgia.

Rudy Giuliani, former mayor of New York, has declared bankruptcy on Thursday, days after a jury ordered him to pay $148 million to two election workers in Georgia whom the former personal lawyer of Donald Trump baselessly accused of election fraud in the 2020 elections.

The petition, filed in the US Bankruptcy Court in New York, lists his assets at between $1 and $10 million and his existing or potential debts at nearly $153 million, including hundreds of thousands of dollars in tax obligations, money owed to his lawyers, and potentially millions of dollars in judgments in lawsuits against him. In the Chapter 11 filing, which oversees bankruptcies in the US, the largest outstanding debt is the $148 million damages sanction.

According to the filing, the former mayor of New York has experienced a lack of liquidity due to the expenses incurred in his defense on a wide legal front, resulting from his support for Trump’s attempts to overturn the results of the 2020 elections in court, which were won by Democrat Joe Biden. In September, his former lawyer, Robert Costello, sued him for about $1.4 million in unpaid bills, alleging that Giuliani breached their agreement by not paying the bills in full and on time. Giuliani has requested the case be dismissed, claiming that he never received the invoices in question. The case is pending.

However, the verdict of a jury last week, ordering him to pay $148 million to former election workers from Georgia Ruby Freeman and Shaye Moss, has pushed him to declare bankruptcy, one day after the judge ordered immediate execution of the judgment, a multimillion-dollar payment that he claims he cannot satisfy. Declaring bankruptcy -a very common procedure for companies and individuals involved in legal proceedings- does not, however, imply the cancellation of the payment, since the bankruptcy law does not allow for the dissolution of debts arising from “intentional and malicious” harm inflicted on another person, in this case, the two former election workers.

Ted Goodman, political advisor and spokesperson for Giuliani, explained in a statement that the bankruptcy filing “should not be a surprise to anyone,” despite Giuliani’s personal wealth. “No one can reasonably think that Mayor Giuliani could pay such a high sanction,” said Goodman, noting that the bankruptcy filing would give him “the opportunity and time to appeal, while providing transparency to his finances under the supervision of the bankruptcy court, to ensure that all creditors are treated fairly and justly throughout the process.”

The Giuliani case is an important offshoot of the process against Donald Trump for his attempts to reverse the election result in Georgia, with pressure on the governor of that state and other high officials to find the necessary votes -just under 12,000 ballots- to turn the score around and prevail over Biden, who won by that narrow margin. The attempted fraud earned the Republican candidate for re-election in 2024 -if the Supreme Court does not prevent it, following the Colorado Supreme Court’s ban- his fourth impeachment in four months. Along with Trump, 18 of his advisers have formally been charged with a total of 41 counts in the most detailed case of the four pending against the former president. In addition to Giuliani, another one of the indicted is Trump’s former Chief of Staff, Mark Meadows.

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