Jury convicts Michael Avenatti of trying to extort Nike

Remember Michael Avenatti, the sleazy lawyer who represented porn star Stormy Daniels in her lawsuits against President Donald Trump? Well, he is in big legal trouble.

A jury just convicted Avenatti of trying to extort Nike. 

Background

According to U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman, Avenatti misused a client’s information “in an effort to extort tens of millions of dollars.” He did so by threatening to hold a news conference in which he would make the claim that Nike was involved in a college basketball scandal.

The only problem is, that Avenatti isn’t as slick as he thinks he is, and he got caught. He was arrested just as he was starting to really tighten the screws on Nike.

Avenatti was subsequently released on bail, but it turns out that he couldn’t even get that right. After violating the terms of his release — by illegally moving money around, no less — he found himself sitting in a jail cell throughout the remainder of his trial.

This was, at least, until Friday.

Convicted

On Friday, after a three-week trial, Avenatti was found guilty by a group of jurors. “While the defendant may have tried to hide behind legal terms and a suit and tie, the jury clearly saw the defendant’s scheme for what it was — an old fashioned shakedown,” said Berman.

According to Breitbart, “Avenatti glared at the jurors as the verdict was being announced but said nothing. Afterward, he shook hands with his lawyers and told them ‘great job.'”

Convicted of attempted extortion and honest services fraud, Avenatti could find himself in a jail cell for some time, as he is now facing up to 42 years in prison.

That hurts

Following the conviction, President Trump couldn’t resist taking a little jab at Avenatti on social media, a little payback perhaps for the full-on assault Avenatti led on Trump as Daniels’ lawyer.

“I look forward to Michael’s witty twitter retorts to the jury that just found him guilty in all counts,” the president wrote. “Though I’m told he is still doing well amongst the Democrat primary contenders.”

Avenatti is expected to appeal his conviction. However, he also faces trials in two other cases, including one for allegedly defrauding Daniels herself.

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