Trump's Former Lawyer Will Stay At Home Instead Of Jail Because Of The Coronavirus
Michael Cohen, who was US President Donald Trump's lawyer, will spend the remainder of a three-year prison term at home due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing a person with knowledge of the matter. Authorities allowed him to leave the Federal prison in Otisville, New York, as the number of cases among prisoners and jailers is growing rapidly. Cohen will spend 14 days in quarantine before being released from prison. His family lives in an apartment in Manhattan.
Cohen's lawyer, Roger Adler, and a representative for the Manhattan attorney's office did not respond to requests for comment from the WSJ. Information about Cohen's transfer from prison to his home is confirmed by Reuters, citing two sources. Adler in March asked to commute the sentence to the priest because of health problems, but then got rejected.
Cohen was jailed in May 2019 after being found guilty of financial irregularities during the Trump campaign. He paid for the silence of porn actress Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal claiming they had an intimate relationship with Trump. And Cohen said in court that he did it at the direction of Trump. The US President denies all this. Cohen also pleaded guilty to making false statements, and tax crimes.
The United States has the most confirmed cases of COVID-19 virus infection in the world. According to the Johns Hopkins University, in the country have become ill 671,425 people, including 223,691 in the state of New York. According to the University of California, more than 16,000 prisoners in the US have already been released early or transferred to other places of detention to slow the spread of the virus in prisons.