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Michael Cohen, left, walks out of federal court with his attorney Guy Petrillo, on Nov. 29, 2018. Photo: Julie Jacobson/AP

A small group of attorneys across the New York bar—including a former president of the Brooklyn Bar Association—has come forward to publicly urge a judge to show leniency for Michael Cohen.

Cohen, former attorney to President Donald Trump, filed a memo late Nov. 30 urging a judge not to send him to prison despite his guilty pleas to several crimes, including campaign finance violations and lying to Congress. His lawyers at Petrillo Klein & Boxer detailed his cooperation with prosecutors and argued that his crimes arose out of his “fierce loyalty” to Client-1, known as Trump.

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Christine Simmons

Christine Simmons writes about the New York legal community and the business of law. Email her at [email protected] and find her on Twitter @chlsimmons

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