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Giuliani and 10 others plead not guilty to serious electoral crimes in Arizona



Former President Donald Trump’s former attorney, Rudy Giuliani (center), remotely attended his arraignment hearing Tuesday in Maricopa County Superior Court and pleaded not guilty to nine felony counts accusing him of conspiring to overturn the results of the 2020 elections in Arizona. File photo by Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA-EFE

May 21 (UPI) — Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and 10 co-defendants pleaded not guilty Tuesday to nine felony counts accusing them of conspiring to overturn the results of the 2020 election in Arizona.

Giuliani pleaded remotely during his arraignment hearing in Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix, which ordered him to post $10,000 bail after state officials attempted to hand Giuliani over for several weeks.

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He finally received the summons to appear after his 80th birthday party in Miami on Friday.

The charges accuse Giuliani, a former lawyer for former President Donald Trump, and his co-defendants of conspiring to overturn the 2020 election by using allegedly fake electors in Arizona.

Giuliani’s trial is scheduled for October.

In April, a Maricopa County grand jury indicted Giuliani and 17 others in what local media called the “false electors” case. Trump is not among those charged.

Other defendants who pleaded not guilty Tuesday include Republican National Committee lawyer Christina Bobb, Arizona Republican Party Chairwoman Kelli Ward and Mike Roman, a former Trump campaign aide.

Trump’s former lawyer, John Eastman, pleaded not guilty last week.

Six other co-defendants have arraignment hearings scheduled for June. Those charged include former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, former adviser Boris Epshteyn and former campaign lawyer Jenna Ellis.

Eleven of the defendants allegedly signed documents declaring that they were valid state electors and Trump won the 2020 general election in Arizona.

Giuliani is also charged with election interference in the same Georgia case against Trump that is being prosecuted by Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis.

Giuliani also pleaded not guilty in that case.

Arizona is the fourth state to file criminal charges related to the 2020 general election.