Michael Avenatti wants sentencing delayed due to COVID-19 spike

Michael Avenatti wants sentencing delayed due to COVID-19 spike

Beleaguered attorney Michael Avenatti asked a federal judge Friday to delay his sentencing for trying to extort nearly $25 million from Nike due to the national spike in COVID-19 infections.

Lawyer Scott Srebnick asked US District Judge Paul Gardephe to push back the Dec. 9 proceeding by 60 days given the cumbersome protocols instituted in Manhattan federal court to address the pandemic, the letter states.

People traveling from most states must be tested before departure and five days after arriving in the city. Both tests must be negative before they can enter the courthouse, Srebnic wrote.

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Avenatti, who was released to home confinement in Venice, California, last April, his Miami-based lawyer and his family members would be subject to the protocol, the filing says.

The brash attorney, who faces up to 42 years behind bars, has three more trials to contend with.

Manhattan prosecutors plan to try him April 26 for allegedly ripping off $300,000 from porn star Stormy

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