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In Nike Extortion Trial Jury Asks For Avenatti Wiretap and Gary Franklin Text Messages

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Feb 12 – In the countdown of the US v. Michael Avenatti Nike extortion trial, on February 10 the charging conference was held, until 7:10 pm. See Patreon here.

 On February 12, after the reading of a slightly tweeked jury charge, the jury got the case to deliberate. They emerged in late afternoon to request to hear one of the Avenatti phone calls (Inner City Press has put them on Soundcloud here and here and a song here), and requesting text messages between Gary Franklin and Jeffrey Auerbach.

  The text messages will be given to them on February 13, when it is said one of the jurors has an outside appointment at 2:30 pm. So when might a decision come? Watch this site. More on Patreon here.

  On February 11, over hours, the closing arguments were held. Inner City Press live-tweeted them, in 96 installments, here.

  Assistant US Attorney Matthew Podolsky led off with the now famous "have you held the clients balls in your hands" audio, and went on from there.

 Avenatti's lawyer Scott Srebnick covered the case focusing on the desired and goals of client Gary Franklin and his consultant Jeffrey Auerbach.

 His brother Howard Srebnick followed with the case from the perspective of Avenatti in New York, saying he was carring out Franklin's stated desire to "light the fuse" for justice.

  AUSA Daniel Richenthal derided that narrative, and told the jury it didn't matter that Mark Geragos, much less Nike, were not charged. But might it, when the jury begins to deliberate on February 12?  More on Patreon here.

   Next are the jury charge and deliberations - and verdict. Watch this platform.  US v. Avenatti, 19-cr-373 (Gardephe).


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