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California Bar Agency Asks Court to Bar Avenatti

I think it was a wise choice on famed lawyer Michael Avenatti’s part to not run for the presidency in 2020. As it stands now, the man who was made most famous by representing porn star and actress Stormy Daniels in a case against now-President Donald Trump is about to be disbarred for being a risk to his clients.

The State Bar of California is asking a judge to prevent Avenatti from ever practicing law again, as he has allegedly stolen millions from his clients, as well as knowingly participated in “deceit, dishonesty, and lies.”

As AP News reports, “Attorney Eli Morgenstern said Avenatti poses a threat to clients and the public if he continues to perform legal work. The bar is seeking to put Avenatti on involuntary inactive status, and Morgenstern said it is likely he will eventually be disbarred.”

“Avenatti, who separately faces federal criminal charges, denounced the hearing as a ‘dog and pony show’ and a ‘complete joke.’ The lawyer is best known for representing porn actress Stormy Daniels in lawsuits against President Donald Trump, faces charges in New York of trying to extort millions of dollars from Nike and stealing from Daniels. He faces trials in California on charges he cheated on his taxes and embezzled millions from clients.”

And while any one of those accusations should be enough to disbar Avenatti, none of them are what the State Bar of California is using to do so.

Instead, they are solely using another criminal charge, one that accuses him of stealing $1.6 million from another former client.

CBS Los Angeles says, “In the bar proceeding, Avenatti is only accused of stealing from one client, Gregory Barela, for whom he negotiated a $1.9 million settlement in an intellectual property dispute.”

The outlet continues stating, “Avenatti stole all but $609 of the initial $1.6 million payouts made in January 2018, Morgenstern said. He said bank records support the allegations. Barela said Avenatti never told him the money had been received and gave him the runaround as he desperately racked up debts trying to run a construction supply business and another startup.”

Naturally, Avenatti doesn’t have a very high opinion of either the proceedings or his former client.

ABC News explains that “Avenatti said the only witness against him in the bar proceeding, a former client, is a ‘career criminal with a history of lying.’ ‘The entire thing is going to be shown to be politically motivated,’ Avenatti told reports before the hearing started in Los Angeles.”

It’s pretty much the end of his career, no matter what. I don’t know anyone in their right mind who would want to hire a lawyer who has been accused of so much, with probable evidence to back it up.

But Avenatti could be somewhat correct. This particular proceeding could be pretty much a ‘dog and pony show’ as this is not the only hearing he has been forced to attend in recent months to keep himself out of jail.

He just plead ‘not guilty’ to charges of extortion against Nike, in which the lawyer supposedly demanded hush money to not speak out against payoffs to high profile athletes.

According to Reuters, “Michael Avenatti pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to an indictment accusing him of trying to extort as much as $25 million from Nike Inc (NKE.N) by threatening to go public with claims the company made improper payments to athletes.”

“Clasping his hands behind his back, the celebrity lawyer, who gained fame representing porn actress Stormy Daniels in a lawsuit against U.S. President Donald Trump, said ‘not guilty’ after U.S. District Judge Paul Gardephe read each of the three counts against him in the Manhattan federal court.”

And while he had plenty to say about his previous hearing in California being a joke, this one received no comment from Avenatti afterward.

If he is found to be guilty at trial for this, it won’t only be the end of Avenatti’s career but his freedom. All the money in the world won’t be enough to get him out of this mess, not that he will have much left after all of these trials and proceedings. It’s not like he has had the time to actually make any honest money lately, as he has been wrapped in defending himself for much of the year.

Comments (21)

  1. I defended George W. Bush and thought he was a straight shooter, even when I sometimes thought him wrong. But when he became a turn coat, I lost all respect for him. I maybe can understand Barbara’s Bush’s feeling because President Trump berated her baby boy – but – President Trump said some pretty hurtful things about Ted Cruz’s father. Mr. Cruz. the father, is a very patriotic man of wisdom. Ted understandable resented Trump’s statement, but put on his big boy pants and supports our president. George Traitor Bush, instead, cozied up to the Obama’s.

  2. The reason lawyers become politicians is they can steal more because politicians(lawyers) protect each other.
    Make it a law that all politicians are required to show federal and state income tax along with who prepared their tax

  3. Yes I agree with the comments plus a dirty lawyer is akin to a used car salesman I’ve always been told, Look at Avenatti’s eyes, they’re so slinky and sneaky! ugh!!!

  4. He certainly has all the right attributes to be a politician!

  5. Old saying and so often true.
    ” A license to practice law is a license to steal”.

  6. Or is it a scumbag Politician wanting to be an attorney. Obviously not very good as an attorney with all the felonies he is racking up. So yes, I think it must be backwards. Certainly an attorney would surely be aware pf multiple felonies he was committing.

  7. I did too. I thought he was a better person than the Democratic alternatives. Oh, well, you live and hopefully learn!🥺

  8. Aren’t they all?

  9. SO DID I DEFEND BUSH MUCH TO MY CHAGRIN NOW.

  10. Correct; Bush or I should say all of them Bush political and are status-quo crony in it for themselves evil dirt bags going back to the old Man George H who was a member of Skull and Bones during his Yale years and then other free mason conspirator hidden in the shadows groups; thus his CIA director position fit like a glove! Don’t include the Bush family in anything Holy or All American you join Satan by doing so! His daughters just like the evil McCain’s daughter got big news reporting posts or talk show spots with the MSM liars machine press or like on the liberal biased NBC and ABC! Dirty people from the word go!

  11. They are legal prostitutes only interested in money and being feminist bitches; basically heathen whores of hell! Look at them and go figure what guy would want that in bed! A marriage made in hell I suppose!

  12. This is the same POS that said during the weaponized accusation by the porn star against Trump that ” I may run for President,” the cocky, scheming, criminal, low life, puss ball that thinks his shit don’t stink, but he is going to be locked away sure as the sun rises! He started believing his own hype and that he is invincible which is what evil always does in the end! All over dumb dumb! Take that evil dirty bitch with you!

  13. only worse than a lawyer is a politian

  14. yeah, really? george bush? Another piece of CRAP!

  15. We’ve got enough of scumbags attorneys , in politics already!

  16. Exactly right! He deserves to be disbarred & serve time!

  17. The only one MORE deserving of these charges, is Gloria Allred, & her daughter, Lisa Bloom. ANY time there’s a lawsuit, & either of them are involved, I immediately think, oh, great! ANOTHER bimbo! I never DID understand her representing Scott’s EX girlfriend!!

  18. George Bush…????? Who remained silent for 8 years while the muslim communist criminal, Obama and his criminal enterprise, the socialist democ Rat party did everything in their power (and are still at it) to absolutely destroy this country, then publicly reject President Trump, who is the only President in my lifetime to go totally “all in” for this country giving up his private life and costing him billions. Just to clarify….I did support and defend….and….make excuses for George W. Bush for the 8 years he was President.

  19. Uhm, it’s the California Bar ASSOCIATION, not “Agency”.

  20. Have to be smart in deciphering the subtle nuances of the news reports. There is an ulterior motive in this charade in which the bureaucrats want the recipients to purchase articles of propaganda so that the bureaucrats will have FAT KINGSIZE BANK ACCOUNTS. You feel me? Good! Look at the so-called “impeachment” debacle! It is all a charade! Franklin Graham in North Carolina is a Good Republican Christian that supports Donald Trump, George Bush, Mike Pence, Michele Bachmann and Jesus Christ working together to fix our Universe!

  21. Another scumbag attorney wanting to be a politician.

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