Ex-Trump-lawyer Cohen to leave jail

Clay Curtis
May 21, 2020

Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen is being released from prison to home confinement tomorrow.

Cohen, 53, has been serving his three-year sentence at the Federal Correctional Institution, Otisville, N.Y., a federal prison in the countryside 70 miles northwest of New York City, after he pleaded guilty to campaign finance fraud and lying to Congress about Trump's past dealings in Russian Federation, among other charges.

Cohen's release from Otisville, included in Forbes' "10 Cushiest Prisons" of America, comes as a number of correctional facilities across the nation have been releasing inmates in response to the highly contagious COVID-19 novel coronavirus - especially those who may be immunocompromised and are therefore at a higher risk of dying from the virus.

The person could not discuss the matter publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

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This past April, Cohen was placed in solitary confinement following a verbal altercation with another inmate after the inmate complained about his Internet use. An additional 1,200 have also been approved for release later this month.

Cohen first asked for either a reduced sentence or home confinement in March, citing coronavirus concerns, but his request was rejected by a judge.

Manfort had served less than two years of his seven-and-a-half-year sentence before being released. The agency has the authority to release inmates on furlough for up to 30 days and has been doing so to make sure suitable inmates, who are expected to transition to home confinement, can be moved out of correctional facilities sooner, the person said. But the Bureau of Prisons can take action to move him to home confinement without a judicial order.

Earlier this month, another former Trump aide, ex-campaign chairman Paul Manafort, was released from prison to serve the remainder of his custodial term at home due to Covid-19 fears.

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