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  • Michael Avenatti hires lawyer to defend him in federal fraud case

    05/15/2019 1:51:53 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 25 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 15, 2019 | Lee Ross
    A day after a federal judge rejected Michael Avenatti's request to be represented by a public defender, the embattled attorney announced Wednesday that he had hired his own private counsel for his trial on charges that he defrauded clients, a bank and the federal government. Avenatti appeared for a short hearing in Santa Ana, Calif., federal court alongside Dean Steward, whom Avenatti called an “incredibly well qualified” lawyer. On Tuesday, Avenatti filed paperwork asking to formally establish an attorney-client relationship with the federal public defender's office. That request was denied without explanation by U.S. District Judge James V. Selna. The...
  • Judge rejects public defender for Avenatti in fraud case

    05/14/2019 6:10:46 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 20 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 14, 2019 | Brian Melley - AP
    LOS ANGELES — A federal judge Tuesday rejected attorney Michael Avenatti’s request for a public defender to represent him in a case alleging he stole millions of dollars from clients, cheated on his taxes and committed bank fraud. Judge James Selna denied the request without providing a reason on the eve of Avenatti’s appearance in U.S. District Court in Santa Ana, California, on the issue of who will represent him.
  • Michael Avenatti pleads not guilty in federal wire, bank fraud case

    04/29/2019 11:41:15 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 13 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 29, 2019 | Lucia I. Suarez Sang
    Michael Avenatti, the former attorney for porn actress Stormy Daniels, pleaded not guilty Monday to federal charges that he allegedly stole millions of dollars from his clients, failed to pay taxes and lied in bankruptcy cases. The 48-year-old Avenatti, who was indicted earlier this month on 36 counts including wire and bank fraud, appeared in federal court for an arraignment in Santa Ana, California on Monday. Asked to enter a plea, Avenatti told the judge, "Not guilty to all charges." The trial is set to begin on June 25 with a status hearing scheduled for June 15. Prosecutors accused Avenatti...
  • Michael Avenatti still looking for lawyer in Nike extortion case

    04/26/2019 7:20:28 PM PDT · by Libloather · 31 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 4/26/19 | Stephen Rex Brown
    **SNIP** The loud-mouthed litigator threatened he would go public with allegations the company secretly paid college basketball recruits, prosecutors said when he was charged in March. “The defendant seeks additional time to retain counsel to engage with the government,” Magistrate Judge Henry Pitman wrote. “A suit and tie doesn’t mask the fact that at its core, this was an old-fashioned shakedown,” Manhattan U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman said when Avenatti was busted in New York last month.
  • Former Stormy Daniels attorney Michael Avenatti backs Biden: 'He has my enthusiastic support'

    04/25/2019 10:40:37 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 57 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 25, 2019 | Jessica Chasmar
    Michael Avenatti, the former lawyer for porn star Stormy Daniels who is facing a 36-count federal indictment, threw his support behind former Vice President Joe Biden in the 2020 Democratic primary. Mr. Avenatti on Thursday tweeted his “enthusiastic support” for Mr. Biden several hours after the former vice president formally announced his third bid for the presidency.
  • Avenatti embezzled millions meant for Hassan Whiteside’s ex: report

    04/21/2019 1:18:30 PM PDT · by conservative98 · 30 replies
    NY Post ^ | April 21, 2019 | 3:42pm | Aaron Feis
    Lightning-rod lawyer Michael Avenatti is accused of embezzling nearly $2 million that he was supposed to give to a client to settle her suit against NBA-player ex Hassan Whiteside, blowing the funds on a private jet, a report said Sunday. The Miami Heat hoopster had wired $2.75 million to Avenatti in January 2017, intending it to cover the bulk of his $3 million settlement with former flame Alexis Gardner, who was repped by Avenatti, The Los Angeles Times reported, citing court filings. Avenatti was entitled to keep a roughly $1 million cut to cover his legal fees but instead allegedly...
  • Prosecutors in California say Michael Avenatti facing 333 year prison sentence

    04/11/2019 3:02:55 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 30 replies
    Global News ^ | April 11, 2019 | Staff
    Prosecutors in California say attorney Michael Avenatti is has been indicted on charges related to 36 crimes and is facing a maximum sentence of 333 years.
  • Michael Avenatti charged with 36 counts: Embezzlement, fraud, cheating on taxes

    04/11/2019 8:49:12 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 47 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 11, 2019 | Brian Melley - AP
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Attorney Michael Avenatti has been charged in a 36-count federal indictment alleging he stole millions of dollars from clients, did not pay his taxes, committed bank fraud and lied in bankruptcy proceedings. Avenatti, 48, was indicted late Wednesday by a Southern California grand jury on a raft of additional charges following his arrest last month in New York on two related counts and for allegedly trying to shake down Nike for up to $25 million. The attorney best known for representing porn actress Stormy Daniels in lawsuits against President Trump said Thursday on Twitter that he...
  • Feds seize $4.5 million Avenatti plane amid tax scandal

    04/10/2019 3:35:35 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 34 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 10, 2019 | William La Jeunesse, Paulina Dedaj
    Videos at link. LOS ANGELES – Embattled lawyer Michael Avenatti was the subject of a federal warrant Wednesday that resulted in the seizure of his private jet, worth about $4.5 million. A U.S. Attorney’s Office spokesman, Thom Mrozek, confirmed to Fox News that federal agents seized a Honda HA-420 twin-engine jet from Santa Barbara Airport about 10 a.m. after a federal judge issued a warrant. The plane was originally scheduled to be flown Wednesday to Orange County on Avenatti's behalf, but pilots had to file a new flight plan to San Bernardino County. The six-seat business jet was flown by...
  • Michael Avenatti Met With Prosecutors for Seagram Heiress (Bronfman) in NXIVM Case

    03/27/2019 2:39:00 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 27 replies
    Vulture ^ | 2-27-2019 | Victoria Bekiempis
    Clare Bronfman, the Seagram liquor heiress charged alongside NXIVM leader Keith Raniere and Smallville actress Allison Mack in the infamous sex-cult case, nearly fell in court Wednesday during a dramatic proceeding in which it was revealed that disgraced celebrity lawyer Michael Avenatti had negotiated with prosecutors on her behalf. Bronfman was asked by Brooklyn federal court judge Nicholas G. Garaufis whether Avenatti was now one of her attorneys. She presently counts Mark Geragos, who is reportedly an unindicted co-conspirator in Avenatti’s extortion case with Nike, among her lawyers. “It is now the court’s understanding that she has an additional attorney...
  • Michael Avenatti tries to take down Nike even after extortion bust

    03/26/2019 10:08:40 AM PDT · by conservative98 · 19 replies
    NY Post ^ | March 26, 2019 | 11:52am | Lia Eustachewich
    Michael Avenatti is accusing Nike of running a “diversion charade” and paying off prominent college and pro hoops stars on Tuesday — a day after the lawyer was federally charged in an alleged $20 million extortion plot. The brash attorney went on the attack in a series of morning tweets — but didn’t offer any solid evidence to back up his claims.
  • Attorney Mark Geragos FIRED BY CNN After He Was Named Co-Conspirator in Avenatti Criminal Complaint

    03/25/2019 4:40:08 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 46 replies
    Gateway ^ | 3-26-2019 | Christina Laila
    CNN cut ties with celebrity attorney Mark Geragos on Monday after he was named as a co-conspirator in Michael Avenatti’s criminal complaint. Mark Geragos regularly appeared on CNN as a legal analyst, however a spox for the network confirmed on Monday that Geragos is no longer a contributor.
  • Flashback: Michael Avenatti Made 108 Appearances on CNN, MSNBC in Two-Month Period

    03/25/2019 12:33:04 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 15 replies
    breitbart ^ | 3-25-19
    Disgraced television lawyer Michael Avenatti ― who was arrested Monday for a series of alleged financial crimes ― made dozens of appearances on CNN and MSNBC in a 64-day period last year, turning the anti-Trump personality into a “resistance” folk hero, according to a report. U.S. prosecutors have charged Avenatti with extortion and bank and wire fraud. A spokesman for the U.S. attorney in Los Angeles said Avenatti was arrested Monday in New York. Spokesman Ciaran McEvoy said the lawyer best known for representing porn actress Stormy Daniels in lawsuits against President Donald Trump faces federal charges in New York...
  • Michael Avenatti arrested for alleged $20 million extortion attempt against Nike

    03/25/2019 10:15:24 AM PDT · by SpeedyInTexas · 112 replies
    CNBC ^ | 03/25/2019 | Dan Mangan
    Celebrity lawyer Michael Avenattii has been arrested on charges related to an alleged $20 million extortion of the athletic apparel company Nike, federal authorities said Monday. A press conference is scheduled to discuss the charges against Avenatti in Los Angeles on Monday afternoon. Avenatti had represented porn star Stormy Daniels in her lawsuit against President Donald Trump and his former lawyer Michael Cohen. The charges were revealed less than an hour after Avenatti announced a press conference to discuss claims against Nike.
  • IRS Intelligence Analyst John Fry Charged With Leaking Cohen Financial Records to Creepy Porn Lawyer

    02/21/2019 5:15:41 PM PST · by detective · 24 replies
    Conservative Treehouse ^ | February 21, 2019 | sundance
    You might remember back in May 2018 when sketchy porn lawyer Michael Avenetti was releasing U.S. Treasury notifications on Michael Cohen received from an unknown source within the Treasury Department. You might also remember when New Yorker’s Ronan Farrow wrote a sympathetic article after talking to the leaking treasury official. As a result the Treasury Inspector General began an investigation. John C. Fry, 54, was an intelligence analyst with the IRS’s law enforcement arm in San Francisco. According to the North California U.S. Attorney’s Office (full pdf below) after searching for IRS activity reports related to Michael Cohen, Mr. Fry...
  • Michael Avenatti: The jackass, dissected

    12/14/2018 11:08:02 AM PST · by jazusamo · 18 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 14, 2018 | Monica Showalter
    Want a good morning laugh? Get a load of National Review's Kyle Smith and his hilarious vivisection of Michael Avenatti, whose rise and fall show just how absurd he and his Democratic cheerleaders always were. Here's the start of the piece and don't tell me you don't want to read further : Remember when Michael Avenatti was the Democrats' big hope for 2020? He wasn't just that, though. Parachuting in to launch his presidential campaign to the DNC's "Ethnic Council" and its black caucus in Chicago in August, he enthusiastically adopted the party's guiltspeak. "People that look like me, white...
  • 'Total Victory': Judge Orders Stormy Daniels To Pay Trump's $293,000 Legal Tab (Applause)

    12/11/2018 4:05:00 PM PST · by Kaslin · 36 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 11, 2018 | Matt Vespa
    It’s a win for Trump. The defamation lawsuit filed against Donald Trump by Michael Avenatti on behalf of Stormy Daniels has been tossed—and a judge is ordering her to pay nearly the president’s $294,000 legal tab. Daniels recently toldthe Daily Beast that the defamation suit filed by Avenatti was done against her wishes. The suit claimed that Trump has defamed the adult entertainment actress on his Twitter account. Well, regardless of the circumstances, it’s time to pay up, Stormy (via CNBC): OH MAN A federal judge just ordered Stormy Daniels to pay a whopping $293K to Trump for “attorneys’ fees,...
  • Michael Avenatti: Donald Trump should be indicted for committing felonies to get elected

    12/08/2018 1:47:09 PM PST · by jazusamo · 56 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 8, 2018 | Andrew Blake
    Michael Avenatti, the attorney suing President Trump and his former lawyer Michael Cohen on behalf of adult film actress Stormy Daniels, pushed Saturday for federal prosecutors to break precedent by filing criminal charges against the president over related campaign finance law violations. “.realDonaldTrump should be indicted for committing the two felonies designed to get him elected. Now. No court has ever ruled that the POTUS cannot be indicted and there is nothing in the constitution that states as much,” Mr. Avenatti wrote on Twitter. Mr. Avenatti suggestion came on the heels of prosecutors in the Southern District of New York...
  • Michael Avenatti to Lose Ferrari, Pay $160k/Month in Divorce Settlement

    12/06/2018 1:44:54 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 66 replies
    Breitbart ^ | December 6, 2018 | Katherine Rodriguez
    Michael Avenatti, the anti-Trump attorney best known for representing porn star Stormy Daniels, will be forking over millions of dollars in cash and assets as part of a divorce settlement with his estranged wife. Court filings obtained by TMZ state that a judge in Orange County, California, ordered Avenatti to pay $162,295 per month—amounting to $1.9 million upfront—in child support and spousal support to Lisa Storie-Avenatti. The settlement not only required Avenatti to cough up money for child and spousal support, but also required the left-wing lawyer to give up material possessions—including a 2017 Ferrari 488 GT Spider valued at...
  • Thursday schadenfreude: Michael Avenatti gets cleaned out by ex-wife (comic relief)

    12/06/2018 8:55:41 AM PST · by jazusamo · 61 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 6, 2018 | Monica Showalter
    Creepy porn lawyer Michael Avenatti got taken to the cleaners. In his divorce settlement with his ex-wife, Lisa Storie-Avenatti, here's what the New York Post reports : Under the settlement, Avenatti will have to pay his ex-wife, Lisa Storie-Avenatti, more than $1.9 million in retroactive child and spousal support upfront, according to court documents filed in Orange County and viewed by TMZ . Avenatti, a fierce critic of President Trump, will also have to turn over a number of his assets for liquidation, including five luxury wrist watches and a sculpture by architect Frank Gehry. He will also has to...