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Michael Avenatti’s lawyers sent a letter to Judge Paul Gardephe on Monday, complaining about the conditions in which he is being kept.
Stormy Daniels’ former attorney and brief presidential hopeful Michael Avenatti is having a rough time on the other side of the bars. His lawyer, Scott Srebnick, sent a letter to Judge Paul Gardephe on Monday, requesting Avenatti’s “immediate removal” from the Special Housing Unit in New York’s Metropolitan Correctional Center.
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According to Srebnick, Avenatti is being held on the “most secure floor” of the facility in the cell formerly occupied by cartel leader Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, kept in solitary confinement 24 hours a day and under constant observation by an officer and two security cameras. The temperature of his cell reportedly dips into the 40s, necessitating that he sleep with three blankets. “Not surprisingly,” Srebnick wrote, “he has been having great difficulty functioning.”
Srebnick also claims that they “do not know the reason” for the conditions of Avenatti’s detainment and that it is interfering with his ability to mount a legal defense. In addition, “busy officers” are involved in any attempt to receive and review documents related to his case, creating what Srebnick characterized as an “untenable” situation.
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“Under Mr. Avenatti’s current conditions of confinement, we cannot effectively prepare for...
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