Michael Avenatti receives four year sentence

Attorney Michael Avenatti was widely praised by Democrats in 2018 for his fierce attacks on then-President Donald Trump, with some suggesting that he run for office.

However, a slew of criminal allegations later caused the lawyer’s political star to fall. This week Avenatti took another hit when a judge sentenced him to four years in prison. 

Prosecutor says Avenatti “used his law degree as a license to steal”

New York City’s NBC 4 reported that Avenatti’s sentence came after he was convicted in February of having cheated adult film actress Stormy Daniels out of her $300,000 book advance.

U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Damian Williams asserted that his conduct amounted to a “blatant abuse of his privilege to practice law.”

“As an attorney and fiduciary, Michael Avenatti pledged to advise his clients and act in good faith,” NBC 4 quoted Williams as saying.

“As evidenced by his second conviction by this Office in just three years, this time for stealing a book advance from his client, he did just the opposite,” the prosecutor continued.

“Rather than advise his clients in their best interests, Avenatti instead used his law degree as a license to steal,” Williams added.

NBC 4 noted that Avenatti’s four-year sentence will run concurrently with an earlier two-and-a-half-year sentence that he received last summer after being convicted of attempting to extort $25 million from footwear giant Nike.

Avenatti gained prominence by targeting Donald Trump and Brett Kavanaugh

Avenatti rose to prominence due to his representation of Daniels in her efforts to have a non-disclosure agreement with Trump voided.

He also represented her in a defamation suit against the president, a case that resulted in his client being ordered to pay Trump’s legal fees.

As well as loudly denouncing the president, Avenatti gained further notoriety when he went after Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

Avenatti represented Julie Swetnick, a woman who claimed that Kavanaugh was the leader of a high school rape gang that would drug and sexually assault teenage girls at parties. During his confirmation hearing, Kavanaugh dismissed Swetnick’s allegations as “a joke” and “a farce.”

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