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Editor: Christine A. Corcos
Louisiana State Univ.

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Judge Deems BOP Decision To Return Michael Cohen To Prison "Retaliatory," Orders Him Released To Home Confinement

Judge Alvin Hellerstein has ordered former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen released from prison, ruling that the Bureau of Prisons decision to return Mr. Cohen to detention was "retaliatory" because he plans to release a book about Mr. Trump. Mr. Cohen had refused to sign an agreement in which he agreed not to publish the book in order to continue his sentence at home. Said the judge, "“I’ve never seen such a clause, in 21 years in being a judge and sentencing people." He continued, "How can I take any other inference but that it was retaliatory?" Mr. Cohen will serve the rest of his term in home confinement. More here from CNBC.

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