Michael Cohen to Be Released From Prison Due to Pandemic

Cohen will serve the remainder of his sentence in home confinement

Former Trump attorney Michael Cohen
Michael Cohen is headed back to prison.
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Former Trump “fixer” and current minimum-security prison inmate Michael Cohen will reportedly be released early due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Cohen, who was formerly Donald Trump’s personal attorney, is currently serving a three-year prison sentence in Otisville, New York. He was originally slated to be released in November 2021. As CNN reports, Cohen has not personally contracted the virus, but 14 fellow inmates and seven staff members at the prison have tested positive.

Cohen will reportedly have to complete a 14-day quarantine at the prison before he can be released, after which he will be allowed to serve out the remainder of his sentence under house arrest. (In other words, he’ll be confined to his home like the rest of us during this pandemic, but fingers crossed that we’ll be allowed to return to normal life before November 2021.)

Last month, a federal judge denied Cohen’s request to be released early over coronavirus concerns, saying, “Ten months into his prison term, it’s time that Cohen accept the consequences of his criminal convictions for serious crimes that had far reaching institutional harms. Apparently searching for a new argument to justify a modification of his sentence to home confinement, Cohen now raises the specter of COVID-19. That Cohen would seek to single himself out for release to home confinement appears to be just another effort to inject himself into the news cycle.”

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