Michael Avenatti loses new test bid in Nike blackmail case

Michael Avenatti

Less than a week later By Michael Avenatti faith for deceiving his former client Stormy DanielsA federal judge found that “the overwhelming evidence” of his guilt in a Nike blackmail plot meant he shouldn’t get a new trial.

In July, US District Judge Paul Gardephe sentenced Avenatti to two and a half years in prison for what he described as an “outrageous” scheme to extort Nike up to $25 million.

“He stole customer requests and he used those to further his agenda,” Gardephe said at the time.

In 2019, Avenatti represents the young amateur basketball coach Gary Franklin, whose teams were previously sponsored by Nike. After the company abandoned sponsorship of his teams, Frank blamed two alleged Nike employees for corruption and sought Avenatti’s help to win it back.

Instead, Franklin said, Avenatti exploited her client’s case for her own purposes. Avenatti threatens to expose a corruption scandal that improperly paid young amateur basketball players if Nike doesn’t pay him and his co-workers Mark Geragos between $15 and $25 million to conduct an internal investigation.

Nearly two years ago on February 14, 2020, a jury found Avenatti guilty of transmitting interstate communications for the purposes of extortion, extortion under the Hobbs Act, and honest service fraud, This is the first time the once-famous lawyer has become a federal judge.

Avenatti shed tears as he philosophized about his demise more than a year later.

“I lost my way. I betrayed my values, my friends, my family and then, myself. I became driven by the unimportant things in life,” Avenatti said, after that abandoned the means that made him an anti-Trump star of an earlier era.

“TV and Twitter, your honor, means nothing,” he declared last year.

Although it was a heavy blow, this would not be Avenatti’s last blow. He had two pending prosecutions after that. The next case will end with a trial in the Central District of California, and the final case – the Daniels case – will then take place in the Southern District of New York, in the same jurisdiction as the Nike case.

As the COVID-19 pandemic raged, Avenatti was pardoned until the Daniels case was over. He reported to federal authorities on Monday, and federal records show he is currently an inmate of the Metropolitan Detention Center in Los Angeles.

That same week, Avenatti faced another setback. Judge Gardephe will reject Avenatti’s argument that he should proceed with a new trial because federal prosecutors failed to turn over the supporting evidence: the accountant’s financial records. Robert Drum. It was the same controversy that made Avenatti such a loser in California.

Gardephe, one Mr. George W. Bush appointee, seeing no reason to follow in his California counterpart, found the so-called “Blank Document” disclosed by prosecutors there “irrelevant.”

“Drum’s documents are not related to the allegations in the immediate case, which are much less explanatory,” the 23-page ruling stated. “The Blank Documents as the titles outlined above indicate – refer to the period from 2009 to 2018. Avenatti’s offense in the immediate case took place in March 2019.”

The judge noted that Avenatti had ordered $11 million against him and his company over the relevant time period.

Judge Gardephe also found that Drum’s documents would not change the outcome of the trial “with sufficient evidence of Avenatti’s guilt.”

Since Avenatti is appealing his charges in both Nike and Stormy Daniels, he’s asked Gardephe for a “designated” ruling for a new trial. That means the ruling has little practical effect as the district court does not have the power to grant relief while the appeal is still pending, but it does signal that such a request would be denied. refuse if he has that authority.

Read the verdict, below:

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