You’re stayin’ in jail, Co­hen told

New York Daily News - - CORONAVIRU­S OUTBREAK - BY STEPHEN REX BROWN

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.

ALEC TABAK FOR NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

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