ATLANTA (AP) — Rudy Giuliani on Friday pleaded not guilty to Georgia indictments alleging that he, along with former President Donald Trump and others, attempted to tip over illegally the results of the 2020 state election.
By filing his plea of innocence with the court, the former New York City mayor and Trump attorney also waived his right to appear at a court hearing Indictment Hearing scheduled for September 6th. He joins the former president and at least ten others in forgoing a trip to Atlanta to appear before a judge in a crowded courtroom with the news camera rolling.
Trump and Giuliani are among them 19 people charged in a lengthy, 41-point indictment detailing a wide-ranging conspiracy to thwart the will of Georgia voters who chose Democrat Joe Biden over the Republican incumbent.
Fulton County District Attorney Fani Williswho brought the case Georgia’s Anti-Racketeering LawShe said she wanted to try all 19 defendants together. But since the indictment on August 14, legal wrangling has already begun in a number of court filings.
Several of the defendants have filed motions to try to be tried alone or with a small group of other defendants, while others are seeking to have their trials moved to federal court.