Michael Avenatti, CNN's 'Creepy Porn Lawyer' and resident Trump-Hater is headed for federal custody and has been denied bail.
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April 11 (Reuters) – The convicted celebrity lawyer Michael Avenatti has been granted temporary freedom from a New York City jail by a California federal judge who said the spread of the novel coronavirus was a compelling reason to release him.

In court papers, Avenatti had said he was at “extreme risk” of contracting the coronavirus at the Manhattan jail, which is often criticized for cramped and unsanitary conditions.

And U.S. District Judge James Selna insanely agreed with Michael Avenatti

Selna, who has called Avenatti a “danger to the community,” said the lawyer would wear an electronic monitoring bracelet, have no internet access, and except for health emergencies be unable to leave Manheimer’s home without permission. Bond was set at $1 million.

Avenatti, 49, must first be quarantined for 14 days at a Federal Bureau of Prisons facility, to ensure he does not have the coronavirus or symptoms, before moving to the home of Jay Manheimer in Venice, California.

The former CNN star who represented adult film actress Stormy Daniels in lawsuits against U.S. President Donald Trump, may stay at a friend’s home during the 90-day release period.

Avenatti was convicted in February of trying to extort up to $25 million from the athletic wear company Nike, and still awaits criminal trials in Manhattan on charges he defrauded Daniels, and in California on charges he defrauded other clients and lied to the Internal Revenue Service and a bankruptcy court.

“Our primary concern has been to prepare for the upcoming trials,” Avenatti’s lawyer Dean Steward said in an email on Saturday. “Mr. Avenatti’s release will help us build our defense.”

The U.S. Department of Justice agreed to the release terms.

Avenatti has been housed since mid-January at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan, after Selna revoked his bail in the California case following accusations by prosecutors that Avenatti hid money from creditors.

During his temporary release, Avenatti would be unable to conduct any transactions exceeding $500.

Read more at Reuters 

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