No Evidence To Acquit Avenatti In Nike Case, Judge Says

Law360 (July 6, 2021, 9:53 PM EDT) -- A New York federal judge on Tuesday shot down Michael Avenatti's bid for acquittal or retrial in his Nike extortion case, rejecting the disgraced lawyer's claim that he was convicted on insufficient evidence and that prosecutors withheld materials that could exonerate him.

In challenging his extortion and wire fraud conviction, Avenatti has claimed the evidence did not show that he acted outside his client's interest when he allegedly tried to shake down Nike with threats to expose corruption at the sportswear giant if it didn't pay him to investigate the matter.

But U.S. District Judge Paul Gardephe said that the evidence...

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