Friday, April 17, 2020

Egghead Week: What's Cohen On Here?

Former Trump lawyer and convicted felon Michael Cohen is one of the non-violent offenders being released from prison to serve house arrest due to COVID-19.

The federal Bureau of Prisons has notified Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former personal attorney, that he will be released early from prison due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to people familiar with the matter and his lawyer. 
Cohen is serving a three-year sentence at the federal prison camp in Otisville, NY, where 14 inmates and seven staff members at the complex have tested positive for the virus. 
Cohen was scheduled for release in November 2021, but he will be allowed to serve the remainder of his sentence from home confinement, the people said. He will have to undergo a 14-day quarantine at the prison camp before he is released. 
Cohen was notified on Thursday of his pending release, and his lawyer, Roger Adler, confirmed it to CNN. 
His pending release comes as the Bureau of Prisons, which has been under pressure for its early handling of the virus at its facilities, has been thinning out its prison populations by releasing some nonviolent and medically vulnerable inmates to home confinement or furloughing their sentences in response to the pandemic. 
Spokespersons for the bureau and the US attorney's office in Manhattan, which prosecuted Cohen, declined to comment. 
Cohen's pending release comes after a federal judge rejected his request last month. At the time Cohen accused the Justice Department of not treating him fairly and later added his concerns about the virus. 
Cohen pleaded guilty in 2018 to tax fraud, campaign finance violations and lying to Congress. He admitted to helping facilitate hush money payments to two women who alleged past affairs with Trump. Trump has denied having affairs with the women. 
When pleading guilty, Cohen implicated Trump, telling a federal judge that he had made the payments "in coordination with and at the direction of" Trump, who prosecutors identified in court filings as "Individual 1."

So he gets to be stuck at home like the rest of us, I guess.  Only he's stuck until almost 2022.

I kinda hope the judge cancels his cable and internet.

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