Disgraced anti-Trump lawyer Michael Avenatti is desperately trying to get the judge to go easy on him.
The Washington Examiner reports that, in an effort to keep his prison sentence as short as possible, Avenatti and his legal team are trying to use, among other things, an apology letter that he sent to adult film star Stormy Daniels.
In that letter, Avenatti acknowledges the “mistakes he made” and claims that he is “truly sorry.”
In addition, Avenatti and his legal team are trying to claim that Avenatti ought to receive a reduced prison sentence, of no more than 4.5 years, because of the reputational damage that he has already received, which they argue is punishment enough itself.
“This sobering reality is as sufficient and powerful a punishment and deterrence as any,” they argue. “Worse, Mr. Avenatti’s extreme rise and fall played out on the most public of platforms, an experience he is unlikely to ever recover from reputationally.”
Avenatti has been convicted of wire fraud and of aggravated identity theft. The conviction stemmed from an accusation from Daniels, whom Avenatti represented in a case against former President Donald Trump, that Avenatti stole between $300,000 and $800,000 from her.
For his crimes, Avenatti is facing up to 22-years in prison, which is why he and his lawyers are desperately trying to pull out all of the stops in order to keep this sentence as short as possible. Prosecutors have yet to reveal how long of a sentence that they are actually going to seek.
Avenatti’s next court appearance is on June 2. That is when he will receive his sentence.
Avenatti is already serving a two-and-a-half-year prison sentence after being convicted of extorting up to $25 million from Nike.