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Offbeat Special master in Cohen’s case to release hundreds of documents to prosecution

01:36  25 july  2018
01:36  25 july  2018 Source:   thehill.com

Former judge overseeing Michael Cohen evidence releases 883,634 more items to prosecutors

  Former judge overseeing Michael Cohen evidence releases 883,634 more items to prosecutors A former judge sifting through the cache of documents and electronics belonging to President Trump’s former fixer and personal lawyer Michael Cohen released 883,634 more items to prosecutors late Friday, bringing the total to more than 2 million pieces of evidence. Special master Barbara Jones — appointed by a federal judge in April to pore over the documents, cell phones and electronics that the FBI scooped up in a raid of Cohen’s law office and homes — noted the new document dump involved items “that were not designated privileged, partially privileged or highly personal,” and that her “review of the remaining items is ongoing.

The special master tasked with reviewing materials in Michael Cohen ’ s court case on Tuesday released hundreds more documents to the prosecution . Special Master Barbara Jones said in a court filing Tuesday that 595 of 1,262 items examined in her latest review are protected by

Cohen ' s team requested a special master in a letter submitted ahead of a hearing last week, and Wood has intimated that she might be open to In a new court filing, prosecutors in the Michael Cohen case have provided their recommended names for a special master . They are all former magistrate

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The special master tasked with reviewing materials in Michael Cohen's court case on Tuesday released hundreds more documents to the prosecution.

Special Master Barbara Jones said in a court filing Tuesday that 595 of 1,262 items examined in her latest review are protected by attorney-client privilege. Two were deemed "highly personal," while the remaining 665 documents are "not privileged," Jones said.

Lawyers for Cohen objected to two items being considered "not privileged," Jones said in her filing. However, they do not intend to raise those objections in court.

As a result, the 665 documents will be released to the prosecution in the case.

Special master in Cohen case rejects more than a third of legal team's privileged items

  Special master in Cohen case rejects more than a third of legal team's privileged items The special master in the case of President Trump's former longtime lawyer, Michael Cohen, reportedly rejected more than a third of his legal team's assertions that documents seized by federal agents are limited by attorney-client privilege on Thursday.According to court documents, Special Master Barbara S. Jones found that 1,452 out of the 4,085 items designat ed privileged by the lawyer's legal team are not privileged. Jones "agrees with the plaintiff" that 2,633 of the documents or records meet attorney-client privilege standards.

A special master reviewing a trove of documents and electronic files seized in April from Michael D. Cohen , President Trump’ s longtime lawyer and fixer, said on Monday that, at least so far, only a tiny fraction of the materials are protected by the attorney-client privilege

The Special Master agreed with Cohen and/or intervenor Trump that 162 documents were privileged, and Based on the wording of the recommendation, it appears that the Special Master upheld the Also, I would think the prosecution would want the most ‘juicy’ documents to go through the process

Jones was appointed in late April to review the scores of documents seized in an FBI raid of Cohen's hotel room, office and home to determine which are protected under attorney-client privilege.

Jones has examined thousands of additional materials in recent weeks to determine whether they are privileged, and released her findings in batches.

In early June, Jones determined that only 162 documents out of an initial roughly 300,000 were considered privileged or partially privileged.

Cohen's legal team has argued that more than 12,000 documents seized during the April FBI raid should be protected by attorney-client privilege.

Earlier this month, Jones said that 2,633 of the next 4,085 she reviewed were, in fact, privileged.

Trump attorneys waive privilege on secret recording about ex-Playmate payment

  Trump attorneys waive privilege on secret recording about ex-Playmate payment President Donald Trump's lawyers have waived attorney-client privilege regarding a secretly recorded conversation he had in September 2016 with his former longtime lawyer Michael Cohen in which they discussed payments to an ex-Playboy model who says she had an affair with the President, according to sources familiar with the matter. The move comes as an attorney for Cohen openly questioned Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani's claim that the tape showed no wrongdoing by the President, furthering the growing divide between Trump and Cohen, who had once said he'd take a bullet for the President.

Cohen supports the court appointing a special master , who would have initial review of documents seized in raids on Cohen , while Trump opposes it. President Donald Trump and his longtime lawyer, Michael Cohen , don't see eye to eye on the biggest issue being debated in Cohen ' s case .

Judge says independent lawyer may be able to check documents for any shielded by attorney-client privilege.

Cohen is reportedly under investigation in the Southern District of New York for bank fraud and campaign finance violations.

Jones said in a separate filing on Monday that the government seized a dozen audio tapes during the raids. The contents of the tapes are unclear, but they have since been turned over to the prosecution.

The filing came days after it was reported that Cohen secretly recorded Trump during a conversation about a payment to a Playboy model who claimed she had an affair with the president in 2006.

President Trump's attorneys reportedly waived the right to consider the tapes privileged.

Cohen, who served as Trump's longtime fixer, raised speculation that he might cooperate with federal investigators after he said in an interview earlier this month that his "first loyalty" is to his country, not the president.

Judge denies Cohen request for gag order on Avenatti .
A district court judge has denied a request from President Trump's former attorney Michael Cohen to issue a gag order against Stormy Daniels's attorney, Michael Avenatti.U.S. District Court Judge S. James Otero found that while Cohen objected to Avenatti's public statements about him and the adult-film star's case, Cohen did not demonstrate how this would impact his right to a fair trial, noting that it has been delayed for several months.

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