Michael Avenatti Granted Temporary Coronavirus Relief From Jail
Former showboat attorney and cable news mainstay Michael Avenatti is being granted a temporary 90-day release from jail, freeing the disgraced ‘Resistance’ hero from New York’s Metropolitan Correctional Center.
CNN reported Friday that a federal judge is allowing Avenatti 90 days of freedom as he awaits sentencing on his extortion conviction. Avenatti faces up to 40 years in prison for his February conviction, which involved him attempting to extort sporting goods company Nike of millions of dollars in return for his silence over their supposed abuse of college athletes.
Avenatti’s lawyers have argued before a federal judge that their client merits a temporary release because he suffered from a bout of pneumonia last year. A previous attempt on the part of Avenatti’s lawyers to free the former Stormy Daniels lawyer on the grounds of the coronavirus threat had failed, with President Trump pointing out Avenatti’s former 2020 Presidential hopes in favor of granting his relief.
If you’re expecting some of Avenatti’s signature bombastic and belligerent tweets, prepare to be disappointed, however. Avenatti is prohibited from using the internet during his temporary release. He’ll be staying at a friend’s house in Los Angeles, and will be tracked with an ankle monitor.
He’s set to be released after a 14-day period, during which he’s going to be examined by jail staff for any potential signs of coronavirus. Avenatti is currently jailed and awaiting sentencing at New York’s Metropolitan Correctional Center, a jail infamous for the suspicious 2019 suicide of pedophile billionaire Jeffrey Epstein.