You’re stayin’ in jail, Cohen told
A judge Tuesday rejected Michael Cohen’s desperate efforts at early release from his three-year sentence, writing it was time for the bulldog attorney to “accept the consequences of his criminal convictions for serious crimes that had far-reaching institutional harms.”
The former longtime attorney for President Trump had made two long-shot attempts to have his sentence shortened to a year and a day or to serve the remainder under home confinement. He argued that the government had wrongly not given him credit for cooperating and that he was at risk of catching coronavirus behind bars.
Manhattan Federal Judge William Pauley denied both requests in a scathing two-page order. “Unable to articulate how he advanced any investigation or prosecution, Cohen and his surrogates make extravagant allegations that the Department of Justice — from the attorney general down to line prosecutors — acted in bad faith. Those ad hominem attacks lack any substance and do not trigger the right to a remedy or a hearing before this court,” Pauley wrote.
“Apparently searching for a new argument to justify a modification of his sentence to home confinement, Cohen now raises the specter of COVID-19. That Cohen would seek to single himself out for release to home confinement appears to be just another effort to inject himself into the news cycle.”
Once a devoted Trump loyalist, Cohen flipped in 2018 during special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election and an inquiry into Trump’s hush money payments to porn star Stormy Daniels.
Cohen’s crimes included evading taxes, lying to Congress, bank fraud and campaign finance violations.