No one else had the courage to take her case. We thought we could remove an incumbent American president who was the biggest threat to our democracy in modern times.
I have the behavior for which I was convicted. I disappointed dozens of people and failed in a cataclysmic way.
I have ruined my career, relationships and reputation and done collateral damage to my family and life. There are serious doubts about how or if I will ever regain an appearance of a normal life.
- Michael Avenatti, making a statement before his conviction in the Stormy Daniels case. Avenatti was sentenced to four years in prison after being convicted of defrauding his former client of aggravated identity theft and electronic fraud. He is currently serving a two-and-a-half-year sentence for trying to store millions of dollars from Nike. Avenatti - who won the 2018 Lawyer of the Year title of Above the Law - faces a combined sentence of five years in prison (with 18 months of Daniels’ sentence to be executed at the same time as the Nike sentence). In addition, he has to pay Daniels $ 148,750 in restitution and give up about $ 297,000 he stole.
Staci Zaretsky is a senior editor at Above the Law, where she has been working since 2011. She would love to hear from you, so feel free to email her with any tips, questions, comments or criticisms. You can follow her on Twitter or connect with her on LinkedIn.