Michael Avenatti demands release from jail amid coronavirus outbreak

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Jailed anti-Trump lawyer Michael Avenatti asked a judge on Wednesday to release him on bail, saying he’s worried if he remains behind bars he’ll contract the coronavirus.
Avenatti, in court papers, said he recently had pneumonia and is worried because one of his cellmates in the New York City Metropolitan Correctional Center had a cough and fever.
“There is a pandemic that poses a direct risk to Mr. Avenatti that is far greater if he continues to be detained during this public health crisis,” his lawyer said in the court filing.

Avenatti has been convicted for attempting to extort money from Nike, the sportswear company, and sentencing is scheduled for June. He also still faces trial on other charges in New York and California.
He was free on bail until January, when the judge in the California case ordered him back to jail after he was arrested on still more charges of fraud. Prosecutors said he was concealing money.
Avenatti came to national attention with his crusade against President Trump. He represented adult film star Stormy Daniels, who alleged an affair with the president, and now stands accused of stealing money from her. He also faced criticism for his handling of a woman who made unsubstantiated allegations against Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh.
In his court filings Wednesday Avenatti says the federal law calls for temporary release in compelling cases, and he argues his health is just such a case.

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