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In Nike Extortion Trial Avenatti Wants Stormy California Case Excluded If He Testifies

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Feb 8 –  When after three days of jury selection the trial of Michael Avenatti for allegedly extorting Nike began on January 29, Assistant US Attorney Robert Sobelman told the selected jurors that Avenatti was supposed to look out for the interests of his client, but he did not - he had a weapon, social media.  More on 1st day on Patreon here.

  On February 8, Avenatti's lawyer Scott Srebnick wrote to Judge Paul G. Gardephe: "The government has indicated that it intends to inquire on cross-examination and introduce extrinsic evidence regarding: Mr. Avenatti’s financial condition; Mr. Avenatti’s search history and web results for “insider trading” and “put options” in March 2019; and conduct at issue in the two pending criminal cases. We reiterate the arguments we have previously made regarding the first two categories of evidence. Mr. Avenatti seeks a ruling from the Court that, should he testify in his own defense, the government will be precluded from cross-examining him about, and offering extrinsic evidence of, unproven allegations outlined in the unrelated criminal cases now pending against him. Mr. Avenatti would testify to the facts of this case, including the conversations that he had with Coach Franklin and Jeffrey Auerbach and their directives to him. He also would testify to his conversations with the Nike lawyers and his intent with respect to what he viewed as settlement negotiations with them. He would not testify about his dealings with any clients other than Coach Franklin, nor would he testify about his financial condition, nor about any matter at issue in the other cases now pending in this District and in the Central District of California." He also proffered Carlton Debose, but not Jamal James. Also proffered are Casey Kaplan, Tina Glandian as a proxy for Mark Geragos, and the elusive John Slusher - More on Patreon here.

 On February 6, ostensible victim in chief Coach Gary Franklin began to be cross examined by Avenatti's lawyer Scott Srebnick. Franklin repeatedly said, I don't remember, and Can you repeat the question? This even to whether he had seen a Jeffrey Auerback memo to file which Franklin's own lawyer produced in discovery. Day's live-tweeted thread here.

 Meanwhile also on February 6, as jugglingly covered by Inner City Press, the SDNY prosecutors' cooperator in their Adidas prosecutions, Marty Blazer, got a "time served" sentence urged by AUSA Boone. He did a fine job, soon to be seen on HBO, he said. But where are the prosecutions of Nike? More on Patreon here.

 On February 5 the Nike lawyer who attended the meeting in New York with Avenatti and Mark Geragos was on the stand. Under cross examination by E. Danya Perry he admitted knowing that invoices were bogus, to Shaun Manning to move players to Peach Jam. Day's live tweeted thread here.

  Judge Gardephe said, You are objecting to a document you the prosecutors put into the record. Again the payments to Deandre Ayton, mother and handler Melvin McDonalnd, to Bol Bol and to Shaun Manning Brandon McCoy came up. People wanted to know more but there are limits. More on Patreon here.

  On January 31 Inner City Press published the March 25, 2019 draft settlement agreements, with dollar figure left blank, here on Scribed and on Patreon for download here, as well as the more than one hour video of Avenatti's and Mark Geragos' meeting with Nike's outside counsel, Scott Wilson of Boies Schiller, here.

  Inner City Press has also published three audio records of Wilson's conversations on March 20, 2019 with Geragos, and Avenatti, saying "I'm not f*cking around." Audio I, II and III. More including transcripts on Patreon here.

  We will have more on this, here and on Patreon.

   Inner City Press live-tweeted the start of the proceedings, here, and since and will have more. More on Patreon here. The case is US v. Avenatti, 19-cr-373 (Gardephe).


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