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Judges Reject Motion to Delay, Set Giuliani's Divorce Trial for Next Week

July 06, 2002|From Associated Press

NEW YORK — A panel of judges has rejected a bid to delay the divorce trial of former Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani and Donna Hanover, clearing the way for court proceedings to begin next week.

In a ruling Friday, the five-judge panel denied a delay sought by Hanover last month. The trial is scheduled for Wednesday.

"We're happy we were successful," said Raoul Felder, Giuliani's attorney. "Hopefully we'll settle."

Hanover's attorney did not immediately return a call.

Giuliani and his wife of nearly two decades have been at odds for years. They separated in May 2000 when the ex-mayor went public about girlfriend Judith Nathan.

Giuliani, 58, filed for divorce on Oct. 20, 2000, alleging Hanover, a television personality and actress, was "cruel and inhuman" toward him. Hanover, 52, rejected that claim, instead blaming the ex-mayor's affair with Nathan.

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