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Judge excludes Trump critic Avenatti's financial strains from Nike extortion trial

Reuters Wednesday, 22 January 2020
A U.S. judge on Wednesday said federal prosecutors may not try to show that Michael Avenatti's heavy debts gave him a motive to extort Nike Inc, giving a victory to the celebrity lawyer as he prepares for his upcoming criminal trial.
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Federal prosecutors won't be allowed to try to show that Michael Avenatti’s heavy debts gave him a motive to extort Nike Inc. US District Judge Paul Gardephe's ruling in Manhattan on Wednesday gave a victory to the celebrity lawyer. Reuters reports Avenatti has been in solitary confinement...

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