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The Supreme Court rejects Michael Avenatti’s appeal in the Nike fraud case

The Supreme Court rejected Michael Avenatti’s appeal to undo his fraud with Nike, in a crushing blow to Stormy Daniels’ former lawyer.

The court denied his request for a writ of certiorari on Tuesday, leaving the lower court’s decision in effect.

Judge Brett Kavanaugh did not participate in the decision and no reason was given for his absence, although Avenatti was involved in the judge’s controversial confirmation hearing, which represented a potential conflict.

Avenatti may request a review of the decision within 25 days.

A lower court previously sentenced Avenatti to 2.5 years in prison for trying to extort Nike up to $25 million by threatening the company with bad publicity. At the time, he said he wanted his children to be “ashamed” of their father. He was charged with two counts of racketeering and one count of fraud.

Avenatti has already seen an appeals court uphold his convictions.

The attorney became involved with Nike as part of a case in which he represented a youth basketball coach who was suing the company for allegedly making illegal payments to high school students. He pressured the company to pay his client and hire him and another lawyer to conduct an internal investigation into the matter or he would make the allegations public.

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Daniels’ former lawyer is already facing serious legal penalties. He was sentenced to 14 years in prison for his part in a California fraud scheme and four years for stealing from Daniels in a case in which he collected much of an $800,000 book advance for the porn star.

Avenatti was once considered a “liberal folk hero” for joining former President Donald Trump in Daniels’ lawsuit against him to void a non-disclosure agreement that prevented her from speaking about their alleged affair. Trump is facing criminal charges in New York City for his part in a hush-money case involving payments to Daniels to prevent her from publicizing the same alleged affair.

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