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Arrivederci Avenatti: Remembering the Attorney the Media Loved to Love

Stormy Daniels’s attorney Michael Avenatti leaves federal court in Manhattan, April 26, 2018. (Lucas Jackson/Reuters)

Michael Avenatti, Esq., is going to jail.

Stormy Daniels’s erstwhile attorney — Daniels reacted to Avenatti’s initial arrest in March 2019 by professing to be “saddened but not shocked” — was found guilty of  attempted extortion, among other crimes, last February. Yesterday, he was sentenced to 30 months in prison.

To many, Avenatti’s true character was readily apparent from the jump. To others — many of them journalists tasked with interpreting and explaining Avenatti’s actions to more casual observers of politics — he was the hero they deserved but didn’t need.

Aaron Blake of the Washington Post evaluated Avenatti as the 14th strongest

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