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Michael Cohen's attorneys say he's a victim who doesn't deserve prison

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From CBS News

Michael Cohen's attorneys say he's a victim who doesn't deserve prison

Lawyers for President Trump's former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, say he should be spared prison for crimes he committed in an abundance of enthusiasm for his ex-boss, and they portrayed him to a judge as a hero for cooperating in a probe Mr. Trump has "regularly questioned publicly and stridently."

The lawyers said in court papers filed in New York late Friday that Cohen, 52, has cooperated extensively with Special Counsel Robert Mueller and New York state investigators who brought a civil lawsuit against the Trump Organization and individuals, including Trump.

They cited the fact he met with Mueller's team in "seven voluntary interview meetings" that began even before he pleaded guilty on Aug. 21 to campaign finance and bank frauds, among other charges, and continued through late November.

He pleaded guilty Thursday to lying to Congress, a charge that his lawyers said resulted in part from information he voluntarily provided Mueller's team in meetings governed by a limited-use immunity agreement. Cohen admitted to lying about how long he worked on developing a Trump Tower in Moscow.

COMMENT:-

I suppose that one COULD warp the definition of "victim" to include "knowingly committed illegal acts and then lied about them because of his worship of a person of known disreputable character and dubious ethics in the hopes of reaping huge financial rewards".

I wouldn't, but there are some who have an even higher "giggle tolerance factor" than I do and who will make a stab at it (even if they know that it's really dumb to try) if you pay them enough money (preferably in advance so that they are actually assured of getting paid).

Anybody for "Lock him up. Lock him up! Lock him UP!"?

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From CBS News

Michael Cohen's attorneys say he's a victim who doesn't deserve prison

Lawyers for President Trump's former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, say he should be spared prison for crimes he committed in an abundance of enthusiasm for his ex-boss, and they portrayed him to a judge as a hero for cooperating in a probe Mr. Trump has "regularly questioned publicly and stridently."

The lawyers said in court papers filed in New York late Friday that Cohen, 52, has cooperated extensively with Special Counsel Robert Mueller and New York state investigators who brought a civil lawsuit against the Trump Organization and individuals, including Trump.

They cited the fact he met with Mueller's team in "seven voluntary interview meetings" that began even before he pleaded guilty on Aug. 21 to campaign finance and bank frauds, among other charges, and continued through late November.

He pleaded guilty Thursday to lying to Congress, a charge that his lawyers said resulted in part from information he voluntarily provided Mueller's team in meetings governed by a limited-use immunity agreement. Cohen admitted to lying about how long he worked on developing a Trump Tower in Moscow.

COMMENT:-

I suppose that one COULD warp the definition of "victim" to include "knowingly committed illegal acts and then lied about them because of his worship of a person of known disreputable character and dubious ethics in the hopes of reaping huge financial rewards".

I wouldn't, but there are some who have an even higher "giggle tolerance factor" than I do and who will make a stab at it (even if they know that it's really dumb to try) if you pay them enough money (preferably in advance so that they are actually assured of getting paid).

Anybody for "Lock him up. Lock him up! Lock him UP!"?

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To me this depends on if Trump held something over Cohen. Was he coerced from the very beginning? What was the favor Cohen did for Trump way back in 2006?? I'm guessing it's related to Stormy, but willfully covering up having sexy times with pornstars is not something that normal everyday innocent people do. I could totally see his defense tactic if Cohen was a unwilling participant and/or slave to the Trump Organization for a decade, but it would need to be like a hostage situation, for me to believe him or offer any sympathy.
 
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