U.S. lawyer Avenatti should serve consecutive sentences -prosecutors

By Luc Cohen
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Michael Avenatti, the prominent attorney who took over from former U.S. President Donald Trump, should serve back-to-back sentences on two recent criminal convictions, prosecutors argued on Friday, denying his request to serve concurrently.
Avenatti, 51, rose to cable news stardom in 2018 by defending porn star Stormy Daniels in court cases against Trump. But the Los Angeles-based lawyer's career foundered on allegations that he stole Daniels and extorted $25 million from Nike Inc.
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In a court filing late Thursday, federal prosecutors in Manhattan — who obtained Avenatti's conviction earlier this year for embezzling nearly $300,000 from Daniel's book proceeds — said he should serve a "substantial" sentence on fraud charges and a two-year sentence for doing so Associated Identity Theft Charge.
They said he should serve both sentences in addition to the two-and-a-half-year sentence for his 2020 conviction in the Nike case.
"The defendant not only lied to someone and stole by breaching his solemn duties, but at the same time he has appeared on television and other media and falsely presented himself as Daniels' champion," prosecutors wrote.
Avenatti is scheduled to be sentenced by US District Judge Jesse Furman on June 2.
Avenatti last week sought a three-year sentence in the Daniels case, with one of those years to be served at the same time as the Nike sentence, reducing his total time in prison.
"The government's recommendation is simply greater than is necessary to achieve the statutory goals of conviction in federal court," Avenatti's legal team said in a statement.
Avenatti has announced that he will appeal the guilty verdict.
Daniels is known for receiving $130,000 from Trump's former attorney, Michael Cohen, in exchange for her remaining silent about sexual encounters she allegedly had with Trump ahead of the 2016 election, which he denied.
Avenatti successfully released Daniels from her non-disclosure agreement with Trump.
(Reporting by Luc Cohen in New York, editing by Frances Kerry and Richard Chang)
Michael Avenati
American former lawyer and criminal
Stormy Daniels
American porn actress and director
donald trump
45th President of the United States

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