Prosecutors Want to Keep Cohen in Prison
Prosecutors respond to Michael Cohen’s motion for home confinement (7/23/2020). This article includes a video where I describe how the Department of Justice sought to put Michael Cohen back in prison simply because he refused to refrain from writing a book. During these challenging times, people want to write about President Trump. For a person in prison, it’s important to grasp the consequences: Update, a judge let him out today, on July 23, 2020.
A federal judge will make a decision on whether Michael Cohen will serve the remainder of his sentence inside of a federal prison, or whether the judge will force prison officials to send him to home confinement.
Previously, I’ve published videos that highlight some of the complexities that he had to go through, and I’ll provide links below. First, the back story.
Michael Cohen was President Trump’s lawyer for longer than a decade. Authorities charged him with crimes related to the campaign. A judge sentenced him to serve a three-year sentence in federal prison. He began serving that sentence on May 6, 2019.
When the Pandemic hit, he filed a motion for compassionate release. On May 21, 2020, about one year into his sentence, the warden agreed to allow Cohen to serve the remainder of his sentence on home confinement.
In June, Cohen went to visit with the probation officer who supervised his release on home confinement. Cohen thought it would be a routine meeting. Instead, authorities took him into custody. I filmed a video about that news cycle and you can access it here:
Cohen Video 1: URL: https://youtu.be/3JpBapVbYaA
Later, Cohen filed a 2241 motion, objecting to the BOP’s decision to lock him back in custody. He claimed that the BOP violated his First Amendment rights. He argued that they were sending him back to prison because he refused to sign conditions that would prohibit him from publishing a book or speaking with the media.
You can access the video I filmed with the link below:
Cohen Video 2: URL: https://youtu.be/ssM3st81DyQ
In today’s video, we offer some insight that may help you understand how the government responds when it objects to a person trying to get out of prison. Rather than argue the First Amendment issue, they are claiming that Michael Cohen was someone unmanageable for the following reasons:
- He was antagonistic to probation officer; didn’t sign agreement
- Objected to requirement for permission of employment
- Refrain from contacting convicted felons
- Electronic monitoring
It’s important to understand the complications that can follow for people who go against the Bureau of Prisons.
We’ll update this story after we learn how a judge rules. This video shows how we obtain that information.
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