Hey @jbarro guess who doesn’t like Star Wars or us
(Avenatti’s lawyer is giving his client a skillful and zealous defense but the motion this is from is firmly on the bullshit side of the spectrum)
(Also complaining about publicity is just rhetorically a heavy lift for Avenatti, like if I started whinging about ennui and snark)
I think the worst motion that I ever saw a lawyer get talked into filing for a defendant asked the judge to order one of the UCs to throw out the defendants’ son’s F on an exam because it was from stress from his parents’ prosecution. Good lawyer bad moment. The judge was wroth.
Anyway I’m starting to think that he’s never going to get around to his GAME ON promise
Anyway my favorite part of Avenatti’s motion is when he says he didn’t notice that the former AUSA was retweeting stuff about him, but the government knew and hid it from him because the generic CDCA AUSAs account follows the former AUSA account.

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