Michael Cohen, the former lawyer of the President of the United States, Donald Trump, was transferred to his home this Thursday, fearing that he would be infected by the coronavirus in the New York prison in which he is located. He will serve the rest of his sentence at home.
Michael Cohen enters prison.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Cohen left the Otisville prison in New York state on Thursday, sources familiar with the matter confirmed.
Trump’s former lawyer is joining the 2,900 federal prisoners who have gone from prison to house arrest in recent weeks in an attempt to save people who would be at high risk if they were infected with the coronavirus and who they have little chance of committing crimes again.
Cohen, 53, has spent barely a year in prison of the three who were convicted of violating campaign finance laws by paying money to women who claimed to have had relationships with Trump to buy his silence, in addition to tax evasion and false statements to a bank.
The lawyer’s release from prison comes at a time of confusion regarding the selection process for prisoners who are released by the pandemic, since prison officials have assured that they are giving priority to those who have complied with at least the half of his sentence, or those who have 18 months or less and have served 25% of their sentence, something that Cohen does not comply with.
However, for good behavior, his release date from prison had been brought forward to November 2021, making him a valid candidate.
His release comes two months after a New York judge denied Cohen’s request to remain homebound for the remainder of his incarceration.
“After 10 months have passed since his prison term began, it is time for Cohen to accept the consequences of his criminal sentences for serious crimes that caused a lot of institutional damage,” then Magistrate William H. Pauley III said.