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Michael Avenatti convicted on all counts, tried to extort over $20 million from Nike, jury says


Added 02-14-20 05:13:02pm EST - “A jury found the bulldog lawyer guilty of betraying his client and attempting to shake down the shoe giant.” - Nydailynews.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nydailynews.com: “Michael Avenatti convicted on all counts, tried to extort over $20 million from Nike, jury says”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The jury found the bulldog lawyer guilty of betraying his client and attempting to shake down the shoe giant.

The verdict virtually assures Avenatti’s downfall, but he has not yet hit rock bottom. He faces two more trials, one in Manhattan and another in Los Angeles.

The California lawyer, 48, stared straight ahead and showed no reaction as the verdict was read. He stood at attention as jurors left the courtroom, appearing to steel himself.

“Good job,” he said to members of his defense team, who vowed an appeal. He faces a maximum sentence of 42 years in prison for two counts of extortion and one count of honest services fraud.

“Today a unanimous jury found Michael Avenatti guilty of misusing his client’s information in an effort to extort tens of millions of dollars from the athletic apparel company Nike. While the defendant may have tried to hide behind legal terms and a suit and tie, the jury clearly saw the defendant’s scheme for what it was – an old fashioned shakedown," Manhattan U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman said.

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