NEW YORK — The when high-flying California lawyer Michael Avenatti wants a judge to turn down a jury decision that found he tried to extort Nike.
Lawyers for Avenatti asked a Manhattan judge late Monday to reverse the decision or grant a brand-new trial for the 49- year-old male who rose to fame representing pornography star Rainy Daniels in claims against President Donald Trump.
They said in court documents that U.S. District Judge Paul G. Gardephe should take the unusual step of reversing the jury decision that convicted him of trying to obtain up to $25 million from the shoemaker.
And they noted that Gardephe has not yet ruled on their pre-trial request to toss out the indictment on the grounds that the charges were too vague to provide him reasonable notification that his negotiating techniques with Nike would be thought about prohibited.
Normally, such a demand to reverse a decision would have practically no chance. However Gardephe several years ago turned down a jury’s conviction of a New York City police officer who was branded by tabloids as the “Cannibal Police” after he was charged with outlining to kidnap and abuse women in what his defense legal representatives firmly insisted was legal online sexual dream expeditions.
In their court documents, Avenatti’s lawyers insisted that their client acted legally as he aggressively worked out with Nike on behalf of a California amateur basketball coach who believed he’d been pushed by Nike employees to help pay off the families of elite college basketball potential customers.
Avenatti insisted Nike pay him over $20 million to conduct an internal investigation of the apparel giant even if it agreed to pay the coach $1.5 million. Nike attorneys affirmed that Avenatti’s techniques felt like they were victims of a holdup. The coach affirmed he didn’t know Avenatti would need money for himself.
They said Gardephe needs to conclude the proof did not assistance the decision or must order a brand-new trial on the grounds that jurors were denied of a possibility to see all the evidence.
Avenatti is arranged to be sentenced on June 17. He also deals with a trial in New York later on this year on charges that he cheated pornography star Stormy Daniels of the proceeds of a book deal and a trial in Los Angeles on charges that he ripped off clients and others.
Prosecutors and defense lawyers in the case including Daniels have asked that the trial be held off from April to mid-July.
In Los Angeles, U.S. District Court Judge James V. Selna on Saturday declined Avenatti’s request to be released on bail, stating there was no basis to reassess his decision that Avenatti was a danger to the community.