Federal judge on Thursday ruled that former Trump fixer Michael Cohen should be released to home confinement from federal prison. After agreeing with Cohen’s attorneys that authorities sought to limit his right to free speech.
Judge Alvin Hellerstein said;
“In a Manhattan federal court hearing that he believes the Bureau of Prisons and US Probation Office retaliated against Cohen. by transferring to jail from home confinement earlier this month.“
The Judge, Hellerstein also added that;
Federal authorities specifically sought to infringe on Cohen’s First Amendment rights by blocking him from writing a tell-all book. And speaking to the media as part of his terms of home confinement.
“It’s retaliatory because of his desire to exercise his First Amendment rights to publish a book and discuss the book. on social media,” Hellerstein said.
Michael Cohen had been serving a three-year prison sentence for tax evasion, bank fraud, and lying to Congress.
But was released on furlough in May after one year due to concerns over the spread of coronavirus.
US probation officials and BOP authorities has said that Micheal Cohen refused to agree to the terms of a home confinement agreement and was brought back into custody.
He was held in Otisville prison, and brought into custody on July 9 because he objected to one term of a home confinement agreement
That barred him from publishing a book and having contact with the media.