Lawyers for Michael Avenatti argue for a six-month sentence since he has faced public ridicule.
Michael Avenatti’s attorneys argued to a judge on Wednesday that their client has already suffered enough from public mockery and the three months he spent in jail after his bail was revoked last year.
“He can’t go anyplace in public without provoking and being subjected to venomous remarks and insults. The lawyers said, “These circumstances alone would discourage anyone in Avenatti’s shoes from engaging in comparable action.”
They pointed out that the Probation Department’s calculations based on federal sentencing guidelines suggested 11 to 14 years in jail, but they considered that six months in prison and a year of home confinement would suffice.
Avenatti was found guilty of attempting to extort $25 million from Nike by a jury, and his sentencing is set on June 30.
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Lawyers claimed Nike and a guy he once represented as he bargained with Nike, who managed a youth basketball league in Los Angeles, had not lost money as a result of the crime, and that a repeat was impossible because Avenatti will never practice law again.
“Avenatti’s dramatic fall and public humiliation has been witnessed by the entire world. Because Avenatti’s calamitous fall has been well-documented, the Court may take judicial note of this fact. To the delight of millions of the former President’s fans and supporters, he is publicly mocked by the former President of the United States and his favored media outlets,” they stated.
In 2018, Avenatti, 50, rose to prominence after representing porn star Stormy Daniels in lawsuits against then-President Donald Trump.
In 2019, he was charged in federal court in Los Angeles for scamming former clients and others of millions of dollars in the Nike extortion case. He was charged with cheating Daniels of hundreds of thousands of dollars owed to her for a book contract months later. In the other cases, he has pled not guilty to all allegations and is awaiting trial.
Last year, he was freed in April to home confinement from the Metropolitan Correction Center in Manhattan at the height of the initial wave of the coronavirus in U.S. prisons after he. This is a brief summary.