NEW YORK – Michael Avenatti may have had a Ferrari and a private launcher – among other toys from the wealthy – but jurors at his upcoming extermination trial don’t have to know.
This is the advancement of California’s own legal team in love with California before its trial in New York on federal charges of attempted extinction and wire fraud, expected to begin on January 21.
Attorneys for Avenatti, best known for representing adult movie star Stormy Daniels in her lawsuit against President Trump over a money deal, filed court papers Monday asking the judge to ban prosecutors from bearing testimony about his spending and the debt he incurred as a result. .
Avenatti’s expensive habits do not belong to his trial because a motive is not necessary to the government’s case and “his general financial conditions and spending habits do not affect his motives in the circumstances of this case,” his lawyers Scott Srebnick and Jose Quinon argued in the archive.
The proposed testimony on his personal money issues would also create an unjust contradiction against the hard-charging advisor, who is speaking out on Twitter and in front of news conference microphones, the lawyers wrote.
Avenatti’s “financial condition and spending habit would unfairly prejudice the jury against him,” the lawyers said. His financial woes included nearly $ 5 million in personal lawsuits filed against him in October 2018, about five months before authorities say he tried to shake Nike for at least $ 20 million; He also owed a well-known Los Angeles lawyer Mark Geragos, according to court records and news reports.
Prosecutors say his problems were a driving factor when he allegedly contacted Nike, a publicly traded sportswear company, threatening to expose unfairness of employees, which he claimed he knew would not meet Nike’s $ 1.5 million salary requirement. $ To his client Gary Franklin, a youth basketball coach, and $ 15 million to $ 20 million for a retainer deal for him reportedly to investigate the crime.
As an alternative, he would take $ 22.5 million to satisfy both requirements in a package deal, according to the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York.
“Something tells me we haven’t reached the end of this scandal. It’s probably much broader than imagined …” Avenatti tweeted during the calendar year. Prosecutors said it was a precursor to what he promised to announce at a news conference should Nike not respond to his demands.
The episode was featured in phone calls and meetings for about a week in March – when Avenatti said his proposed public announcement would affect damaging value on the company’s stock market.
“I will take away ten billion dollars from your client’s market cap,” he said in a recorded call on March 20.
Prosecutors are responding to the motion, and Judge Paul Gardephe will rule at a later date.
Judges have called for the impending trial at Avenatti’s next trial in the U.S. District Court in Manhattan likely to be asked what they read, saw or heard about the high-level defendant in news accounts.
His plentiful spending and tastes have been documented in press coverage of this case and others.
Jurors should also be asked about their knowledge of Avenatti’s treatment of Trump. Avenatti’s lawsuit on behalf of Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, has been dismissed by a federal judge. She has been suing the terms of a breach agreement and a $ 130,000 payment arranged by Trump’s disgraced personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, allegedly demanding that she stay silent on a sexual encounter she had with Trump in 2006. Trump has denied having an affair.
Avenatti is charged in a separate federal case in New York City with stealing $ 300,000 from Clifford in his representation of her.
Avenatti maintained his innocence. Prosecutors dropped two counts of conspiracy in the Nike case last month.