Potential jurors booted from pool for trash talking Avenatti
Things keep getting worse for Michael Avenatti, the fame lusting porn lawyer who was once the Democrat party’s greatest hope.
A motion letter filed in New York’s Southern District Court indicated Avenatti Googled “Nike put options” and “insider trading” in the weeks prior to alleged attempts to extort Nike, Inc. for millions of dollars.
From the motion letter (embedded at bottom of the post):
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The SDNY says that Avenatti contacted Nike representatives and demanded payments in excess of $23 million in return for a promise that he would cancel a planned press conference calling out the company over allegedly untoward practices viz. college athletes. The athletics apparel giant is widely believed to have improperly funneled money to several college basketball players in violation of NCAA rules. Avenatti seems to have come by such knowledge through his own representation of youth basketball coach Gary Franklin.
…Only time will tell, however, if U.S. District Judge Paul Gardephe buys the defense or the prosecution’s argument as to whether the alleged search history is more informative than prejudicial and whether or not there was ample notice given.
The defense also alleged a fair amount of hypocrisy on the SDNY’s part in the motion to exclude.
“Ironically, the government has urged that the court preclude the defense from introducing certain search terms and results…in its case based on [the federal rules]…presumably, [the government] would apply the same reasoning to these search terms,” Srebnick noted.
Meanwhile, a whole swath of potential jurors was booted from the potential jury pool for trash talking Avenatti, per the New York Post:
Dozens of jurors were tossed Monday from their chance to serve as jurors in the impending Nike extortion trial of Michael Avenatti — with many blasting the controversial lawyer as a “scumbag” and a liar.
“Michael Avenatti is a notorious scumbag who is willing to do anything, including lie and cheat in order to enrich himself and gain public attention,” one potential panelist wrote. “He should already be in prison.”
“He started to believe his own hype and thought he was above the law,” wrote another.
Manhattan federal court judge Paul Gardephe tossed both people, whose names were kept anonymous.
…Avenatti is accused of attempting to shake down the sportswear giant by threatening to make allegations of company corruption public if ir didn’t pay him upwards of $20 million to conduct his own investigation.
The 48-year-old argues he was within his rights while representing a client to make the statements prosecutors now characterize as extortion.
Opening arguments in the case could begin as early as Tuesday.
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