(Bloomberg) — A federal judge brutally shot down a request by Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former personal attorney and fixer, to be let out early from a three-year prison sentence due in part to his fears of contracting the coronavirus.
Cohen’s “raising the specter” of the virus in a court filing last week was just “another attempt to inject himself into the news cycle,” U.S. District Judge William Pauley ruled Tuesday in New York.
In a March 17 letter to the judge, Cohen, 53, asked to be enabled to surface his sentence at house due to his fears of contracting Covid-19 at a minimum-security federal jail camp in Otisville, New York. He already requested early release or home confinement in December based on his cooperation with authorities.
Pauley turned down both of Cohen’s requests, saying the previous attorney had not shown he was in any danger at the jail camp and that he had overemphasized his function in helping district attorneys, who also opposed letting him out.
The judge stated it was time for Cohen to “accept the repercussions of his criminal convictions for serious criminal offenses that had significant institutional harms.”
Once one of the president’s closest associates, Cohen pleaded guilty in August 2018 to campaign finance infractions related to his arrangement of hush-money payments to females declaring to have had affairs with Trump, including adult-film star Stormy Daniels. After he was charged, Cohen turned on his old employer, calling Trump a racist, a con guy and a cheat at a congressional hearing.
Cohen began serving his sentence in Might.
The case is U.S. v. Cohen, 18- cr-00602, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York (Manhattan).
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