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For Avenatti Sentencing in Stormy Daniels Case US Cites Inner City Press Tweet of Stolen Hot Dog Story

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Song Radio
BBC - Decrypt - Podcast - Order Affidavit

SDNY COURTHOUSE, May 26 – Michael Avenatti's financial affidavit to get a publicly paid lawyer for his Stormy Daniels case, which Inner City Press formally sought to have unsealed for eleven months, were on July 27, 2021 ordered unsealed. Order.
Podcast here. Aug 13 podcast here.

  On the weekend before trial there was a request to delay it, on COVID policy and Constitutional grounds. It was denied. Avenatti was convicted, see below.

The US Attorney's Office's May 26, 2022 sentencing memo, recommending 24 months to run consecutive to Judge Paul G. Gardephe's sentence in the Nike case, cited Inner City Press' tweet of Foley Square Q&A with Avenatti about his hot dog anecdote, saying it was stolen: "The defendant’s tenuous relationship with the truth was apparent during trial, including in circumstances that seem gratuitous or even trivial. For example, the defendant began his summation by stating, “When my father was a teenager, he sold hot dogs at a ballpark.” (Trial Tr. 1647.) The Court sustained the Government’s objection, and the defendant did not complete the story. But walking back from the courthouse that day, the defendant proceeded to relate the full story to the media, explaining how his father, “Bill,” worked at a ballpark selling hotdogs, how his father’s boss instructed his father to sell broken hotdogs rather than throw them out, how “[his] dad said, well how do we do that if the hot dog are in pieces,” how his father’s boss responded that his father should cover them in mustard, and how the Government in this case was giving the jury the mustard. See

  In fact, the defendant’s father, William John Avenatti, was an executive for AnheuserBusch. (PSR ¶ 48.) The tale instead is one that the defendant’s standby counsel, who was to deliver the summation before the defendant determined to proceed pro se, has told at trials in this District about his own experience selling hotdogs at Shea Stadium. See, e.g., United States v. Calix, No. 13 Cr. 582 (LAP), Trial Tr. 61 (Sept. 11, 2017). That is, the defendant appropriated the story from his attorney, but, not content to use the device generically, claimed falsely to the press—and, until the sustained objection, to the jury as well—that the events had happened to his own father."  Sentencing memo here. Inner City Press will cover the sentencing.

Back on March 21, Avenatti's motions were denied but sentencing slightly pushed back: " MEMO ENDORSEMENT as to Michael Avenatti denying [426] MOTION to Postpone Sentencing By 60 Days and Motion for a Remote Sentencing Proceeding. ENDORSEMENT: Applications DENIED, except that sentencing is RESCHEDULED to June 2, 2022, at 10 a.m. Defense submissions in connection with sentencing are due two weeks prior to the sentencing date; the Government's submissions are due one week before the sentencing date."

Now for the June 2 sentencing, some fast transport back to California (while up to four months have been taken to transfer a Federal detaining from Florida to New York via Oklahoma). The order:

"ORDER as to Michael Avenatti. Sentencing in this case is scheduled for June 2, 2022. See ECF No. 427. The Court has been advised that Defendants next trial, in the United States District Court for the Central District of California, is scheduled to begin in July 2022. Although the Court previously noted that it was prepared to adjourn sentencing to avoid any conflict with the California trial, no party has moved for such an adjournment. That said, having spoken with the judge presiding over the California case, the Court hereby ORDERS the United States Marshal Service to transport Defendant back to the Central District of California promptly after sentencing in this matter, to arrive no later than June 6, 2022 (Signed by Judge Jesse M. Furman on 5/19/22)."

As of May 25, Michael Avenatti is already listed in the BOP website as in the MDC in Brooklyn, photo here. Watch this site.

On March 16 in Avenatti's California case the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals denied most of his appeal, and dismissed the rest: " The district court did not err in denying Avenatti’s motions to dismiss  on double jeopardy grounds. To succeed on this claim, Avenatti was required to  establish that the prosecution’s conduct giving rise to the motion was “intended to  ‘goad’ [him] into moving for a mistrial.” Oregon v. Kennedy, 456 U.S. 667, 676 (1982). But the district court expressly found that “[n]o ‘goading’ occurred,” because the data was withheld by the government due to mere “inadvertence and a  failure to appreciate what was there.” Full document on Inner City Press' DocumentCloud here.

 The Stormy Danials trial started on the morning of January 24. Inner City Press live tweet here. It continued in the afternoon, with Stormy Daniels' literary agency Lucas Janklow being cross examined about being introduced to Michael Avenatti at a hotel bar, by Anderson Cooper. Inner City Press live tweeted, thread here; stream here, video here

 On February 4 after a jury note complaining about an emotional juror who would not deliberate, Avenatti was found guilty on both counts. Inner City Press live tweeted it, thread here and below.

 On February 16 the Federal Defenders wrote in seeking to be relieved as stand-by counsel, citing conflict, and naming a lawyer to be appointed, at the public charge: "We write as standby counsel for Michael Avenatti in the above-captioned case to respectfully request that the Court assign Mr. Avenatti counsel from the Criminal Justice Act (CJA) panel to represent him moving forward at sentencing and for the purpose of any post-trial motions. We respectfully submit that assignment of CJA counsel is warranted because a conflict of interest exists with the Federal Defenders of New York, in part due to Mr. Avenatti’s statements about our representation at the time he sought leave to proceed pro se. As the Court is aware, Mr. Avenatti is currently incarcerated and this application is made at his request. Mr. Avenatti submits that it is impossible for him to effectively represent himself in this matter going forward due to his incarceration, which substantially interferes with his ability to review trial records, conduct legal research, collect/assemble mitigation materials, and prepare a meaningful sentencing submission. Specifically, we have spoken with Benjamin Silverman, a member of the CJA panel in the Southern District of New York and who represents Mr. Avenatti for the purposes of post-trial motions in the Nike-related matter."

But, ", a nonfamily-member acquaintance of Mr. Avenatti paid legal fees directly to Mr. Silverman for the purpose of assisting Mr. Avenatti in perfecting post-trial motions in the Nike-related matter. None of these monies ever belonged to Mr. Avenatti and the payment was a purely gratuitous, one-time payment unrelated to this case."

  On February 17, Judge Furman denied without prejudice: "The motion is DENIED without prejudice. In view of Avenatti’s conviction and detention, the Court is open to reappointing counsel to represent him, but — given the nature of the right involved (i.e., the Sixth Amendment right to self-representation) and given that standby counsel does not represent him in full — the Court will not do so absent a request from Avenatti himself.1  Moreover, in the event that Avenatti does make a request himself, the Court would be inclined to reappoint FDNY as counsel absent a more compelling showing that there is a genuine conflict of interest; the current record certainly does not support the existence of such a conflict.2  Finally, in the event that Avenatti makes a request and the Court decides that appointment of new counsel is appropriate, it will adhere to the CJA Plan and appoint the CJA Panel member on duty; it will not appoint counsel of Avenatti’s (or FDNY’s) choosing...  The Court would accept a declaration signed by Avenatti requesting appointment of counsel. Alternatively, the Court is prepared to hold a teleconference or videoconference." Watch this site.

From February 4: OK - US v. Avenatti, Day 10 - there has just been a jury note, that one juror is refusing to deliberate or look at evidence, other 11 jurors asking for help. Inner City Press will live tweet, thread below

Assistant US Attorney: We should ask the foreperson to identify the juror, and consider removing them. Judge Furman: I'm thinking of giving an instruction that deliberation requires consideration of the evidence. And if this problem continues, please ID the juror Inner City Press @innercitypress ·

 AUSA: We should follow the Baker case. Judge Furman: In that case, there were three notes before they were asked to name-names. We don't know if it is a refusal to deliberate or a conscientious decision by her. Inner City Press @innercitypress ·

AUSA: Within an hour of them getting the 300 page transcript, we get this note. So it seems the juror is refusing to consider the transcript. So we think following Baker it would be appropriate to conduct an inquiry here. Inner City Press @innercitypress ·

Judge Furman: I'm not sure this is stronger than the request in Baker. Mr. Avenatti? Avenatti: I object to any further instruction to the jury. I request a mistrial, now. Avenatti: The idea that this juror has to justify her position to the other jurors is without merit. The jury is deadlocked. I am requested a mistrial. [Cites US v. Samet, 207 F. Supp. 2d 269, Judge McMahon]

 Judge Furman: The application is denied. We are nowhere near a mistrial. The note is that the juror is acting on a feeling, that it's all emotion, as in Baker. But I won't yet ask them to identify the juror. A more incremental approach is appropriate Inner City Press @innercitypress ·

AUSA: Let's add, If a juror continues to refuse to deliberate, you may provide me with a further note. Avenatti: Let's just re-read them the initial instruction about deliberation. Judge Furman: Maybe the 11 want to acquit - I don't know. Avenatti: Re-read bias Inner City Press @innercitypress ·

 Avenatti: May I have a moment to confer with my advisory counsel? Judge Furman: You may. And by the way, Samet is F.Supp 2d, not just F.Supp. And it may be Day 3, but it amounts to a day and half. And no deliberations during lunch due to social distancing. Inner City Press @innercitypress ·

 Avenatti: I object to mentioning sympathy and emotion twice. That's undue emphasis. I propose the Court use the original charge. I'll read it -- Judge Furman: It's in the record, you don't need to read it. Inner City Press @innercitypress ·

Avenatti: The language of the draft answer is coercive and threatening. And I object, there's no need to bring attention to this instruction. Judge Furman: I propose to add that the defendant has no burden... Then I'll ask them to return to the jury room and deliberate.

 AUSA: It doesn't seem the jury has any confusion about the burden of proof. Judge Furman: We're in sensitive territory Inner City Press @innercitypress ·

Jury entering! Judge Furman: We have received your note... Your verdict must be based on the evidence... I ask you to continue deliberating. If anyone refuses to deliberate, you are free to send us another note.
 Jury leaves. 

 With jury gone, Avenatti says his interviews (on Foley Square, including the hotdog interviews, which Judge Furman says he has not seen) comply with the rules. He calls Stormy Daniels on CNN outrageous. Thread will continue. Inner City Press @innercitypress ·

 OK - drum roll - Judge Furman has taken the bench again, and the jury is entering. Inner City Press @innercitypress ·

 In US v. Avenatti: Count 1, wire fraud: Guilty. Count 2, aggravated ID theft: Guilty.

 We're in 26th floor hallway outside courtroom. FD Dalack came out, in Michigan cap, and closed door. Inner City Press @innercitypress ·

Avenatti team came out with evidence cart, then went back in. Prosecutors left without comment. Inner City Press @innercitypress

Court staff peaks out into hallway, then locks door. "They can come out, but they can't go back in." There's no going back.  Avenatti emerges, says, I am very disappointed in the verdict and look forward to a full adjudication on appeal."

Afterward, Inner City Press questioned Avenatti in rain-swept Foley Square, here, and published the jury note and verdict form. Avenatti is set to surrended by February 7, 5 pm on the West Coast, and be sentenced on May 24 at 3:45 pm. We'll be there.

  On February 3, Judge Furman read a modified Allen charge, below. Inner City Press live tweeted it, thread here

 On February 1, Judge Jesse M. Furman held the charging conference from 1 to 4 pm, after which Inner City Press asked Avenatti about the possibility of remand to jail, video here. Inner City Press live tweeted, thread here.

More Foley Square Follies to follow [here]

 On the morning of January 31, Avenatti did two final cross examinations then was asked about his own case. Inner City Press live tweeted, thread here.

In the afternoon of January 31, after the jury was sent home early, most of Avenatti's proposed witnesses were rejected. He said he does not intend to testify. And it appears closing arguments will be on February 2. Inner City Press live tweeted here

 On January 30, the US wrote in on quantum meruit, and invited Avenatti to testify: "Although the defendant is wrong that he was entitled to take Ms. Daniels’s book payment  under the law of quantum meruit, a mistaken belief about his legal rights could support a good  faith defense. The Government is required to prove that the defendant had the requisite mens rea,  including that he acted with a wrongful purpose. (See Letter Mot. on Willfulness, Dkt. No. 311).  Good faith is a “complete defense to charges of wire fraud.” United States v. Dupre, 462 F.3d  131, 139 (2d Cir. 2006). The defendant therefore should be permitted to testify about his purported  belief that quantum meruit permitted him to take Ms. Daniels’s money to support an argument  that he acted in good faith. 3 The Court should carefully circumscribe the defendant’s testimony, however, and provide  an appropriate instruction both at the time of the testimony and in the jury charge regarding the  correct law, so as to avoid confusing and misleading the jury. First, while the defendant may  describe the bases for his beliefs at a very high level, he should not be permitted to offer  documentary evidence, delve deeply into legal theory that may confuse the jury and usurp the  Court’s role." Full letter on DocumentCloud here.

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On January 25, the cross examination of Janklow continued, then an SDNY Special Agent and Avenatti law firm staffer. But in the middle, Federal Defenders said Avenatti may want to fire them and represent himself. Judge Furman said, Not so fast. Inner City Press live tweeted it, thread here

  In the afternoon of January 25, Avenatti confirmed he wants to represent himself and Judge Furman granted it. He will cross examine Stormy Daniels, then. Inner City Press live tweeted it, thread here and below.

On the morning of January 26, podcast here, Avenatti cross examined Regnier than an FBI agent. Inner City Press live tweeted, thread here.

 On the afternoon of January 26 Avenatti cross examined Sean Macias who hooked him up with Garagos, before those two double teamed Nike. Inner City Press live tweeted it, thread here.

 On the morning of January 27, after the end of Macias and another SDNY witness, Stormy Daniels took the stand to begin direct examination. Inner City Press live tweeted it here.

 On the afternoon, at the end, Avenatti began his cross examination. Inner City Press live tweeted the afternoon, here.

On January 29, Avenatti's cross examination continued, to two videos, thread here.

In the afternoon Avenatti got into, or tried to get into, Trump; afterward Inner City Press asked him about the case - and the Supreme Court. Thread here.

Avenatti-Watch a/k/a Foley Square Follies. here.

more stream here, video here

  Judge Furman released his juror questions, asking each side to respond by January 19 at 10 am. The questions include: "Based on anything that you have read, seen, or heard about Mr. Avenatti, have you  formed any opinions about Mr. Avenatti that might make it difficult for you to be a fair  and impartial juror in this case?  10. Would you have any trouble following my instructions to put anything you may have  read, seen, or heard about Mr. Avenatti out of your mind and decide this case based only  on the evidence presented at trial?  11. Do you or does any member of your family or a close friend personally know or have  past or present dealings with the alleged victim in this case, Ms. Clifford (also known as  “Stormy Daniels”), or with any of her family members?...

"Do you know or have you heard of any of the following people or entities, which include  the lawyers in this case, people who may testify at the trial, and other names that may be  mentioned during the course of the trial?  • Pamela Baez • Elizabeth Beier • Thomas Bolus • Clark Brewster • Christine Carlin • Michaela Catando (also known as  Kayla Paige) • Dmitri Chitov • Dwayne Crawford • Jennifer Donovan • Anna Finkel • Mark Geragos • Jack Guiragosian • Holtzbrinck Publishers • Luke Janklow • Janklow & Nesbit Associates • Geoffrey Johnson • Global Baristas • Sean Macias • Macmillan Publishers • Susan McClaran • Benjamin Meiselas • Travis Miller • Mareli Miniutti • Erik Nathan • Denver Nicks • Kevin Carr O’Leary • David Padilla • Brandon Parraway • Pro Tech Security and Automation • Judy Regnier • Sally Richardson • Security and Automation LLC • St. Martin’s Press • Enrique Santos • Jessica Volchko • Juliet Vicari • Donald Vilfer 25. Are you familiar with anyone else present in the courtroom, including your fellow jurors,  all Court personnel, and myself?"

On October 14 Judge Furman held a proceeding in the Stormy Daniels case and Inner City Press live tweeted it here and podcast here


On August 10 Avenatti's Federal Defenders filed a copy of the affidavit with multiple redactions. The form refers on nearly every question to an attachment, which is blacked out in absurd ways. It reads, for example, "I own stock in two closely held companies that may have value: (a) [REDACTED] located in [REDACTED] and (b) [REDACTED] located in [REDACTED]... I technically still have an interest in a private aircraft (model: HondaJet 420) that was seized by the IRS and is still in their possession. This interest is held through a single-purpose entity named [REDACTED]," and so forth.

Inner City Press  published the redacted affidavit on its DocumentCloud here and asked, Will the Court be accepting this?

On August 11, the correct answer was: No. "MEMO ENDORSEMENT as to Michael Avenatti (1) on [139] LETTER MOTION re: [139] LETTER MOTION addressed to Judge Jesse M. Furman from Robert Baum, Tamara Giwa & Andrew Dalack dated August 10, 2021 re: Letter Motion In Response to Court's Order to File Financial Affidavit. ENDORSEMENT: The Court is unpersuaded that privacy interests justify redacting the names and locations of the corporate entities in Paragraphs 14, 15, and 17 of ECF No. 139-1."

  After hours on August 12, some redactions were removed: Avenatti's owned a plane through Passport 420 LLC; an unnamed "non-family-member acquaintance" paid a NY-based attorney in the Nike case, whose name is redacted. Unredacted: Avenatti owns stock in Tyrian Systems (aka Seek Thermal) of Santa Barbara, CA and Centurion Holdings I, LLC of St. Louis Missouri."

 Not so fast. Inner City Press research in the hours after the removal of the improper redactions found that Centurion Holdings I, LLC is based in Arnold, Missouri - and "received a PPP loan of $60,477 in May, 2020." That's the Paycheck Protection Program; the funds came through the Central Bank of St. Louis.

Bigger, the aka: "Seek Thermal, Inc of  6300 Hollister Ave in Goleta, California received a Coronavirus-related PPP loan from the SBA of $1,365,062.00 in April, 2020." We'll have more on this.

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 On August 27, Inner City Press filed a formal request that documents in the case not be sealed, full filing on Patreon here.

  On November 12, Inner City Press made a third filing with Judge Furman, on a decision to unseal issued earlier in the day by SDNY Judge J. Paul Oetken after Inner City Press filed to similarly unseal Lev Parnas' co-defendant David Correia's financial infor: "we again ask, why should lower income and less high profile defendants in the SDNY -- and now David Correia -- have their financial information so disclosed while Avenatti's information is sealed in its entirety? The documents at issue should not be sealed and should be made available."

  On August 28, 2020 Judge Furman entered an order: "The Court received the attached communication from Matthew Lee of Inner City Press “seeking leave to be heard and for the unsealing of the CJA Form 23, affidavit, and all associated documents” relating to this litigation. To the extent that Mr. Lee (who is admitted to the bar of the Southern District of New York) seeks leave to be heard, his application is GRANTED. The Court reserves judgment on the question of whether Defendant’s CJA Form 23 and related documents should be unsealed. SO ORDERED. Dated: August 28, 2020 New York, New York JESSE M. FURMAN." Docket No. 85, on Inner City Press' DocumentCloud, here.

  On July 27, 2021, Judge Furman four times citing Inner City Press ordered Avenatti's affidavits unsealed: "Avenatti filed a letter brief arguing that the Initial Financial Affidavit should remain under seal. ECF No. 80 (“Def.’s Mem.”). Thereafter, the Court received submissions from Inner City Press, a media outlet that intervened to seek disclosure of the Financial Affidavits, ECF Nos. 85, 90, 99... The Defendant initially argued that the Government lacked standing “to assert any right on behalf of the public to access Mr. Avenatti’s sworn financial statements.” Def.’s Mem. 7 n.1 (citing United States v. Hickey, 185 F.3d 1064 (9th Cir. 1999)). Subsequently, however, the Court granted leave to Inner City Press to be heard on the Defendant’s motion, ECF No. 85, which indisputably does have standing to assert such rights." Full order here, filings due August 10. Watch this site.

This case is US v. Avenatti, 19-cr-374 (Furman).



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