Michael Cohen, the former lawyer for President Donald Trump jailed for fraud and violation of the electoral finance law, was released from prison on Thursday and returned to his home in New York, where he must remain under house arrest, confirmed an . photographer.
Cohen, 53, was incarcerated in May 2019 in Otisville Federal Prison, northwest New York, where he was to remain until November 2021.
His lawyers have been asking since March that he be released due to the risks of contagion by the coronavirus in prisons.
Trump’s former lawyer joins the 2,900 federal prisoners who have gone from prison to house arrest in the past few weeks in an attempt to save people who would be at high risk if they were infected with the coronavirus and that they have little chance of committing crimes again.
Cohen, 53, has spent just a year in prison of the three who were convicted of violating electoral campaign finance laws by pay money to women who said have had relations 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 his sentence, or those who have 18 months or less and have served 25 percent of their sentence, something Cohen does not do.
However, due to good behavior, his release date had been advanced 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 imprisonment.
“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.