Stormy's Lawyer Ends Bid for Role in Cohen Case

01 June, 2018, 20:14 | Author: Mable Gonzales
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Avenatti had applied to intervene in the case so he could ensure that any confidential records or recordings related to Daniels that were in Cohen's possession weren't improperly disclosed.

If he were allowed to represent his client before the court, Avenatti would have to stop his "publicity tour"-Wood said the term was not meant "in degradation", but as something he was able to do now, but which he wouldn't should he get to participate in the matter before her".

The judge also said Avenatti would have to stop saying that Cohen is guilty of something.

Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, has said she had a sexual encounter with Trump, and sued Cohen in March to end an agreement under which Cohen paid her $130,000 not to discuss it. Trump has denied having sex with Daniels.

The judge in the case last month appointed independent special master Barbara Jones to review the material seized in the FBI's raid into Cohen's property.

After leaving the hearing, Avenatti offered an energetic condemnation of Cohen to the press assembled outside the courthouse.

Cohen's lawyers said they have about 3.7 million files to sift through, but they are only about a third of the way to completion.

The lawyers said it will take until mid-July to finish their review. Should his application be accepted, Wood said it would require him to "change [his] conduct".

Much of the rest of the hearing was taken up by vicious bickering between Avenatti and lawyers for Cohen and Trump.

A hearing in Manhattan federal court Wednesday was partly focused on whether Mr. Avenatti could be admitted to practice in NY on behalf of Ms. Clifford, professionally known as Stormy Daniels.

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Attorney Michael Avenatti explained the incriminating evidence that could be found on recordings between President Donald Trump and his longtime lawyer Michael Cohen - and legal analyst Maya Wiley sputtered in disbelief.

Avenatti told Wood he'd done nothing wrong.

"I don't want you to have some existence in a limbo, where you are free to denigrate Mr. Cohen and I believe potentially deprive him of a fair trial by tainting a jury pool".

After some consultation with Cohen, Harrison told the judge that he could not because the Blackberries were roughly eight years old and that one or both may have been Cohen's wife.

Lawyers for President Donald Trump and his personal attorney, Michael Cohen, are appearing again before a judge in NY as part of an ongoing legal tussle over records seized from Cohen by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Avenatti says he also wants access to some seized records, possibly including recordings of phone calls, to see if they reveal confidential information about Daniels. And no wonder-Avenatti recently publicized a series payments sent to Cohen from various companies and at least one Russian oligarch, apparently for future leverage with President Trump.

The judge set a deadline of June 15th for Cohen's lawyers to turn over materials they have received from the feds to a "special master" hired to determine which documents are privileged and therefore off limits to the feds.

Before Wood on Wednesday, Ryan reiterated his argument that Avenatti's recent action represented breaches of professionalism egregious enough the court should keep Avenatti from being allowed to represent Clifford in the Southern District.

Avenatti has been concerned that material seized in an Federal Bureau of Investigation raid on Cohen's office and home may include privileged documents and secretly recorded audio about his client, the adult-film star Stormy Daniels.



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