Judge orders former Trump lawyer released –book ban is retaliation


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A federal judge on Thursday ordered the release from prison of President Donald Trump’s former lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen by Friday afternoon.

Judge Alvin Hellerstein found that Cohen was taken into custody July 9 and returned to prison in retaliation for balking at a condition that he not publish a book — about Trump or anyone else — while serving the remainder of his three-year criminal sentence on home confinement.

“I’ve never seen such a clause, in 21 years in being a judge and sentencing people,” Hellerstein said at a Manhattan federal court hearing held after Cohen sued this week to win his re-release from prison.

“How can I take any other inference but that it was retaliatory?” Hellerstein asked about the condition, which also would have barred Cohen from speaking to journalists or posting on social media.

I’ve known a couple of lawyers I had considered honest and straightforward. Then – like Trump’s lawyers – they proved willing to ignore reason and justice, trying to build a sleazy case to achieve an absurd decision on behalf of a client at any cost. I parted company with them, forever. When your job description presumes ethics and your practice demonstrates hypocrisy and deceit – you’re not worth hiring. Or even sharing a couple of beers with at a ballgame.

3 thoughts on “Judge orders former Trump lawyer released –book ban is retaliation

  1. Update says:

    In his upcoming book, Michael Cohen writes Donald Trump’s disdain for Obama was so extreme that he hired a “Faux-Bama” to participate in a video in which he “ritualistically belittled the first black president and then fired him.”
    In 2013, right-wing outlet Breitbart published a video fitting Cohen’s description. It was purportedly intended to air during the August 2012 Republican National Convention nominating Mitt Romney for president, but was eventually canceled. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=urFPm857tJA&feature=emb_logo

    “Disloyal: A Memoir: The True Story of the Former Personal Attorney to President Donald J. Trump” by Michael Cohen is scheduled to be released on Wednesday

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EhMnWWiXYAALc9b?format=jpg

  2. Apostate says:

    “What He Really Thinks: Trump Mocks Christians, Calls Them ‘Fools’ and ‘Schmucks’
    Ex-Fixer Cohen Says ‘Profoundly Immoral’ Presidential Poseur Labels Christianity ‘Bullshit’ and Is Consumed by a ‘Lust for Wealth’ https://www.dcreport.org/2020/09/08/what-he-really-thinks-trump-mocks-christians-calls-them-fools-and-schmucks/
    Cohen explains that the only version of Christianity that could possibly interest Trump is the “prosperity gospel.” That is a perverse belief that financial wealth is a sign of heavenly approval rooted in 19th Century occult beliefs that is anathema to Christian scripture. (see https://www.vox.com/identities/2017/9/1/15951874/prosperity-gospel-explained-why-joel-osteen-believes-prayer-can-make-you-rich-trump )

    ‘Can you believe that people believe that bullshit,’ Trump said after pastors prayed over him ahead of impeachment vote.

  3. Update says:

    “As the coronavirus death toll nears 200,000 and the presidential campaign enters its home stretch after Labor Day, President Trump tweeted more than an eye-popping 50 times before starting work Tuesday.
    He lashed out at Mayor de Blasio and Gov. Cuomo and even rekindled his childish feud with CNN host Chris Cuomo, the governor’s brother.
    “Fredo’s got a convicted lier for a lawyer,” Trump wrote, misspelling “liar” and using an anti-Italian slur to refer to Chris Cuomo. The lawyer he refers to is Michael Cohen, Trump’s estranged former fixer who is not Chris Cuomo’s attorney. https://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/ny-trump-tweet-cuomo-de-blasio-20200908-7ssggwwonba4bkyg3nfykn7beq-story.html
    Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump 5:59 AM · Sep 8, 2020: “Fredo’s got a convicted lier for a lawyer, who may be going back to jail for an even longer time – additional lies to Congress. Many more tapes of him with Fredo and other media scum reporters. Reveals how deranged & sick they all are!” https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1303301816772329472

    …not that it matters but President Trump vowing to put Michael Cohen back in prison constitutes felony obstruction of justice.

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