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Prosecutors balk at Avenatti's 7th sentencing delay request
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NEW YORK — Prosecutors did not find Michael Avenatti’s seventh request to delay sentencing a charm, saying Tuesday that the once high profile California lawyer should be forced to hear his punishment next week for trying to extort Nike for up to $25 million.
In court papers, prosecutors urged a Manhattan federal judge to reject the request Avenatti’s lawyers made late Monday for a two-month delay after six earlier postponements allowed him to delay his fate for nearly a year and a half.
They said lawyers for Avenatti's victims — Nike and a California youth basketball league coach — had asserted that both want the sentencing to occur June 30, as currently scheduled.
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And they characterized Avenatti's reasons for seeking a seventh delay as weak, "untimely and unpersuasive" and the first that did not cite the threat posed by the coronavirus as a reason to delay.
Avenatti's attorneys, Scott Srebnick and E. Danya Perry, said they needed another 60 days because prosecutors had made the "unexpected" demand in presentence arguments last week that Avenatti be ordered to pay $1 million in restitution to Nike. They said Avenatti deserves time to review documents related to the request.