A judge on Thursday afternoon handed down a 30-month prison sentence to disgraced attorney Michael Avenatti — who rose to national prominence purely by casting himself as a left-wing champion fighting former President Donald Trump — for attempting to extort Nike for up to $25 million.
Avenatti’s punishment is less than the nine to eleven year range per federal guidelines and is likely to disappoint federal prosecutors, who sought a “substantial” sentence.
“Mr. Avenatti’s conduct was outrageous,” stated Judge Paul Gardephe said in U.S. District Court in Manhattan. “He hijacked his client’s claims, and he used him to further his own agenda, which was to extort Nike millions of dollars for himself.”
“He outright betrayed his client,” the judge added. “Mr. Avenatti had become drunk on the power of his platform, or what he perceived the power of his platform to be.”
Avenatti bursted into tears while addressing