Manhattan federal prosecutors on Monday asked a federal judge to deny Michael Cohen’s request to serve out the remainder of his three-year prison sentence from home amid the deepening coronavirus outbreak, saying the former lawyer and “fixer” to President Donald Trump was at no more risk than his fellow inmates.
Cohen’s attorney, Roger Bennet Adler, had argued in a March 17 letter to U.S. District Judge William H. Pauley of the Southern District of New York that the Bureau of Prisons was “demonstrably incapable of safeguarding and treating” prisoners, who he said were more likely to contract the novel coronavirus because of close living conditions in federal facilities.
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