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Thu Jul 23, 2020, 11:42 AM

Judge orders Michael Cohen to be released from prison....

NEW YORK (AP) — A judge ordered the release from prison of President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer on Thursday, saying he believes the government retaliated against him for planning to release a book about Trump before November's election.

Michael Cohen's First Amendment rights were violated when he was ordered back to prison on July 9 after probation authorities said he refused to sign a form banning him from publishing the book or communicating publicly in other manners, U.S. District Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein said during a telephone conference.

Hellerstein ordered Michael Cohen released from prison by 2 p.m. on Friday.

“How can I take any other inference than that it’s retaliatory?” Hellerstein asked prosecutors, who insisted in court papers and again Thursday that Probation Department officers did not know about the book when they wrote a provision of home confinement that severely restricted Cohen's public communications.

“I’ve never seen such a clause in 21 years of being a judge and sentencing people and looking at terms of supervised release,” the judge said. “Why would the Bureau of Prisons ask for something like this ... unless there was a retaliatory purpose?"

In ruling, Hellerstein said he made the “finding that the purpose of transferring Mr. Cohen from furlough and home confinement to jail is retaliatory.” He added: “And it’s retaliatory for his desire to exercise his First Amendment rights to publish the book.”


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Thu Jul 23, 2020, 12:03 PM

1. So Trump imprisons people for saying bad things about him.

How long before we are jailed for not clapping hard enough for him?

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Thu Jul 23, 2020, 12:11 PM

2. Even if it's true that the prosecutors "didn't know" about the book, they obviously

didn't want him speaking publicly.

But I find it unlikely they didn't know about the book, because Cohen has been talking about writing a book for years and back in March or May it was reported he was receiving help (or at least advice about) writing the book from Rosie O'Donnell.

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