Ex-Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen Being Released from Prison

Ex-Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen Being Released from Prison

Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's ex-attorney, is set to be released early from prison as a protection measure against COVID-19, according to reports.

Cohen is serving out his sentence in Otisville, N.Y., at a federal prison camp that experienced a coronavirus outbreak of where 14 inmates and seven workers at the facility tested positive for the virus.

At least 473 federal inmates and 279 Bureau of Prisons staff have tested positive for the coronavirus throughout the U.S, while 18 have died from the virus, according to the BOP.

He had pressed to be released early due to the coronavirus pandemic, which has hammered NY state and surfaced in prisons around the country.

A lawyer for Cohen now says he will finish his sentence at home, USA media report.

Cohen pleaded guilty in 2018 to multiple financial crimes, lying to Congress and campaign finance violations. There are more than 143,000 federal prisoners in the United States.

At the start of April, Attorney General William Barr directed the BOP to move vulnerable inmates out of three federal facilities in Louisiana, Ohio and CT that had Covid-19 outbreaks.

He was scheduled for release in November 2021. Last month, his attorney wrote to a judge that the Bureau of Prisons was "demonstrably incapable of safeguarding and treating B.O.P. inmates" during the coronavirus pandemic, and asked that Cohen be moved to home confinement.

Adler said it was his understanding that Cohen was among a number of inmates that will be released because of the pandemic.

Avenatti said he was at high risk of getting coronavirus because he had had a recent bout of pneumonia and his cellmate at the Metropolitan Correctional Centre in Manhattan was removed due to flu-like symptoms.

Cohen, 53, was sent to a minimum-security camp at Otisville in upstate New York, about 110 km northwest of New York City. He will first be held for two weeks under quarantine.

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