Former Stormy Daniels attorney Michael Avenatti has been sentenced to two and a half years in prison for extorting Nike.
The Wall Street Journal reported:
Michael Avenatti, whose starring role as the combative attorney for Stormy Daniels ended two years ago with a spate of criminal charges, was sentenced Thursday to 2 1/2 years in prison for attempting to blackmail Nike Inc. for more than $ 20 million.
Prior to giving the verdict, U.S. District Judge Paul Gardephe described Mr Avenatti's behavior as outrageous and said he acted as if laws that apply to everyone else did not apply to him.
"Mr. Avenatti had gotten drunk from the power of his platform," said Judge Gardephe in a federal courtroom in Manhattan.
Michael Avenatti is going to jail while Trump is still free for the time being
When he wasn't trying to blackmail one of the world's biggest brands, Michael Avenatti is accused of stealing money from his customers, including Stormy Daniels.
In some ways, Michael Avenatti was a by-product of the moral decline of the Trump era. Avenatti also exuded a seedy vibe, and it turned out that just like Trump, he was an abusive thief.
It feels like America is cleaning up the corruption of the Trump years. People like Avenatti surfaced while the former man was in office.
Trump is still free for now, but if America switches to anti-corruption mode, its freedom could run on borrowed time.
Mr. Easley is the executive editor of the White House press pool and congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a bachelor's degree in political science. His thesis focused on public policy with a specialization in social reform movements.
Awards and professional memberships
Member of the Society of Professional Journalists and the American Political Science Association