Supreme Court upholds Avenatti’s conviction for conspiracy to extort up to $25 million from Nike

The Supreme Court upheld the conviction of attorney Michael Avenatti for conspiring to extort up to $25 million from Nike.

WASHINGTON — WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld attorney Michael Avenatti’s conviction for conspiring to extort up to $25 million from Nike.

Avenatti’s lawyers have argued that the fraud statute under which he was convicted is unconstitutionally vague. They also argued that Avenatti could not be criminally charged with conspiring to extort money from Nike because he was engaged in settlement negotiations.

The conviction and sentence were upheld by the federal appeals court in New York.

The 2nd U.S. Court of Appeals rejected Avenatti’s claim that there was insufficient evidence to support his February 2020 conviction on extortion and honest services fraud charges for threatening to defame Nike in the media if he wasn’t paid.

He is expected to be released from prison in 2035, according to the Bureau of Prisons.

Justice Brett Kavanaugh did not participate in the court’s action Tuesday. Avenatti represented Julie Swetnick, one of the women who publicly accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct upon his appointment to the court in 2018. Kavanaugh has denied the allegations.

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