“The defendant, a prominent attorney and media personality with a large public following, betrayed his client and sought to enrich himself by weaponizing his public profile”
Michael Avenatti, the Stormy Daniels lawyer, held up as a hero by the media under Trump, is now facing real prison time following his conviction for extorting Nike. Prosecutors are asking for a ‘substantial’ sentence in the case.
Let us never forget that this guy was seriously considered a contender for the Democratic nomination at one point.
Celine Castronuovo reports at The Hill:
Prosecutors ask judge for ‘substantial sentence’ for Avenatti
Prosecutors in the case against Michael Avenatti, the former attorney for adult-film star Stormy Daniels, are requesting that he receive a “very substantial” prison sentence after being convicted of attempting to extort millions of dollars from Nike.
The request came in a Wednesday submission in Manhattan federal court, according to The Associated Press, with prosecutors noting that Probation Office officials had recommended an eight-year prison term for Avenatti.
The California attorney, who rose to fame for representing Daniels in her case against former President Trump, was found guilty in February 2020 of attempting to extort up to $25 million from Nike so the attorney would not speak out on allegations of corruption surrounding the athletics apparel company.
“The defendant, a prominent attorney and media personality with a large public following, betrayed his client and sought to enrich himself by weaponizing his public profile in an attempt to extort a publicly-traded company out of tens of millions of dollars,” prosecutors wrote in their Wednesday court request, according to the AP.
This was an actual headline at CNN in 2018:
— Comfortably Smug (@ComfortablySmug) June 17, 2021
The worst part for Avenatti is that this isn’t even the end of his legal troubles.
David Rutz of FOX News:
Avenatti’s legal troubles aren’t close to being over after he is sentenced later this month in the Nike case. He also will stand trial in Los Angeles this year on charges of defrauding clients out of millions, and next year he will go to trial in Manhattan again after porn star and former client Stormy Daniels alleged he stole $300,000 from her on a book deal.
Three years ago, Avenatti was a near-daily presence on CNN, MSNBC, and other liberal networks through his representation of Daniels and her legal battles with former President Donald Trump. In his hundreds of appearances, hosts delighted in his tough talk and pledged to be the one to bring Trump down; on multiple occasions, he wrongly predicted Trump would not complete his term in office. Despite his caginess and rainmaking style of promising damning information at every turn, the press turned to him again and again.
Let’s take a walk down memory lane and look at how the media drooled all over this guy:
This is genuinely sad. Michael Avenatti is one of the worst grifters in recent memory. And the way the media fawned over him is completely embarrassingpic.twitter.com/IXtMonbZ33 https://t.co/jKX66ckLVT
— Rainbow Jeremy (@PredictIt 🦈) (@rainbow_jeremy_) June 17, 2021
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