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USLawyer Avenatti seeks to end 'vindictive' prosecution in New York

16:51  15 august  2019
16:51  15 august  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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Lawyer Michael Avenatti wants a federal judge to dismiss charges that he tried to extort Nike for .5 million, arguing the Manhattan U.S. Attorney In a 50-page filing Wednesday alleging “ vindictive and selective prosecution ,” Avenatti claimed Southern District of New York U.S. Attorney Geoffrey

Michael Avenatti said federal prosecutors in New York falsely accused him of trying to extort millions of dollars from Nike Inc. as payback for his outspoken Shortly after he was arrested, Avenatti sought to beef up those claims by tweeting out details, hinting at payments Nike made to the mother of

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Michael Avenatti, the lawyer and critic of U.S. President Donald Trump, has asked a federal judge to dismiss an indictment accusing him of trying to extort Nike Inc , saying he was targeted in a "vindictive and selective prosecution."

Lawyer Avenatti seeks to end 'vindictive' prosecution in New York © Reuters/SHANNON STAPLETON Attorney Michael Avenatti speaks to the media outside United States Court in the Manhattan borough of New York City

Avenatti made his request in filings on Wednesday night with the federal court in Manhattan. Prosecutors said he tried to extort more than $20 million from Nike by threatening to expose what he called its improper payments to recruits for college basketball teams it sponsored. Nike has denied wrongdoing.

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Lawyer for Michael Jackson, Jussie Smollett named as Avenatti co-conspirator. “This redundant and vindictive indictment is nothing more than a desperate attempt to make headlines,” Geragos said. According to prosecutors, he and Avenatti met with Nike attorneys earlier this month in New York

“Manafort should also be precluded from arguing that he has been singled out for prosecution because of his position in the campaign of then-candidate Donald J This is also standard procedure because “courts have consistently held that claims of selective or vindictive prosecution must be presented to

The office of U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman in Manhattan did not immediately respond on Thursday to requests for comment.

Prosecutors in Manhattan also have accused Avenatti, 48, of stealing about $300,000 from porn star Stormy Daniels, the client who made him famous. Daniels received hush money to keep quiet about an affair she claimed to have had with Trump in 2006. The president has denied having had sex with Daniels.

(Reporting by Jonathan Stempel in New York; Editing by Bill Trott)

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