Judge Rules Michael Cohen Must Be Released From Federal Prison Again

(TheFreedomFlag.com)- Michael Cohen is going home — again.

A federal judge ruled that the decision to send Cohen back to prison on July 9 was retaliation for writing and promoting a book he’s writing about President Donald Trump.

In May, Cohen was released from federal custody to serve the remainder of his three-year prison sentence on home confinement. But earlier this month, he was sent back to prison.

That prompted Cohen to file a lawsuit against the Department of Justice earlier this week. He alleged he was sent back to prison in an attempt to block the release of his book, which is set to be released in September.

In his ruling, Judge Alvin Hellerstein rejected an argument from prosecutors that they didn’t customize a release form that would have prohibited Cohen from having contact with the media while on home confinement. The judge found no other “interference” other than retaliation for why Cohen was put back in federal custody.

In his ruling, he said:

“The purpose of transferring Mr. Cohen from furlough and home confinement to jail is retaliatory, and it’s retaliatory because of his desire to exercise his First Amendment rights to publish a book and discuss anything about the book or anything else he wants on social media.

“In 21 years of being a judge and sentencing people and looking at terms and conditions of supervised released, I’ve never seen such a clause.”

For their part, the Bureau of Prisons denied that retaliation was the reason behind their decision. In a statement, they said:

Any assertion that the decision to remand Michael Cohen to prison was a retaliatory action is patently false.”

Hellerstein ordered that Cohen be released from prison on Friday by 2 p.m., and that he serve the rest of his sentence on home confinement. Cohen will be tested for coronavirus before he is released.

Cohen agreed to a number of conditions so that he could be released. This includes electronic surveillance, having family members do errands such as grocery shop, and seeking approval for any employment opportunities. The judge also put other limits on Cohen, specifically on dealing with the media.

“Just as you wouldn’t have a press conference from a jail cell, you shouldn’t be able to have a press conference from your home. You can communicate, you can discuss, you can post on social media,” the judge said. “You can’t make a person confined in jail or at home into a totally free person. There’s got to be a limit.”

Hellerstein ruled that Cohen’s attorneys could have a week to negotiate all the specific terms and conditions in regard to the media.

Cohen’s attorney Danya Perry said the ruling was a “victory for the First Amendment. This principle transcends politics, and we are gratified that the rule of law prevails.”

Cohen was sentenced to three years in federal prison after pleading guilty in 2018 to a number of charges. Those included lying to Congress, tax fraud, and campaign finance violations in relation to giving money to two women who had alleged affairs with President Donald Trump in the past.