Stormy Daniels’ attorney seems to be more worried about headlines these days than justice… and his itch for the spotlight has forced his hand in the Michael Cohen case.
Michael Avenatti was forced by a federal judge to withdraw a motion filed to participate in the Michael Cohen federal case because of his “publicity tour.”
Judge Drops the Hammer
Michael Avenatti has conducted himself in public like few have ever seen from an attorney in an active case. Now — finally — someone called him out on it.
Judge Kimba Wood told him flat out that if he wanted to participate in the Cohen case, he would have to stop the flurry of public appearances he has been making.
“You cannot declare your opinion as to Mr. Cohen’s guilt, which you did,” Judge Wood said. “You would not be able to give publicity to your documents.”
She added: “You’re entitled to publicity. I can’t stop you – unless you’re participating in a matter before me.”
Avenatti being who he is, he withdrew his motion, so he can continue to see his face on TV every night.
All His Fault
Under normal circumstances, Avenatti’s motion would have been a formality.
However, these are not normal circumstances — but that is on Avenatti.
Avenatti stooped to an all-time low by leaking out Michael Cohen’s financial records.
Cohen’s attorney was furious when the documents were put out in the press.
Steven Ryan, the attorney for Cohen, has “never seen an attorney conduct himself in the matter Mr. Avenatti has.”
Thus far, Avenatti has not spilled the beans on how he came about Cohen’s records — and we likely won’t be learning more any time soon.
While this recent motion has been withdrawn, Daniels’ case against Cohen is still on hold pending the outcome of the federal case.