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With child rapists, two-time felonsalleged murderers and other unsavory types being released from jail/prison because of the coronavirus pandemic, THIS was bound to happen.

On Friday a federal judge ruled that disgraced porn star lawyer Michael Avenatti may be temporarily released from incarceration for a period of 90 days so long as he exhibits no coronavirus symptoms and tests negative for the deadly virus.

The ruling specifically stipulates that if he passes a coronavirus screening at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York City, he’s to then be shipped to a Federal Bureau of Prisons facility for a 14-day quarantine.

After passing the initial screening and subsequent quarantine, he’ll then be released on a $1 million bond to the custody of a childhood friend in Los Angeles.

View the ruling in full below:

That’s the good news for Avenatti and bad news for society. There is some light at the end of the tunnel, though, for the civilized world.

He will not be allowed to leave the house except for emergencies and must wear a monitoring bracelet,” ABC News has confirmed.

And then there’s this: “The judge also said Avenatti can’t use the internet, can’t open any new bank or credit accounts and can’t engage in any transaction exceeding $500.”

Known for his online tantrums, the disgraced attorney will no longer be allowed — at least for the time being — to use the Internet to harass others. Sad!

As of Saturday morning, Avenatti’s $1 million bond had reportedly been posted by Hubert Bromma, an author known for writing the following charming books:

  • “How to Invest in Real Estate With Your IRA and 401K & Pay Little or No Taxes”
  • “How to Invest In Offshore Real Estate and Pay Little or No Taxes: Cash in on the Hottest Trend in the Real Estate Market!”
  • “How to Invest in Real Estate And Pay Little or No Taxes: Use Tax Smart Loopholes to Boost Your Profits By 40%”

Nice …

Sounds like a match made in heaven given Avenatti’s history of shady financial dealings. In fact, his current incarceration is tied to this exact sort of behavior. Two months ago, the disgraced attorney was found guilty on all counts of trying to extort Nike.

“Today a unanimous jury found Michael Avenatti guilty of misusing his client’s information in an effort to extort tens of millions of dollars from the athletic apparel company Nike,” U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Geoffrey Berman announced at the time.

“While the defendant may have tried to hide behind legal terms and a suit and tie, the jury clearly saw the defendant’s scheme for what it was — an old-fashioned shakedown.”

Ever since being convicted on Feb. 14, Avenatti has languished at the Metropolitan Correctional Center as he’s waited to be sentenced to up to 47 years in prison.

That federal officials would allow a man of such poor rapport to be released speaks to just how seriously they take the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

But it also speaks to their disturbing tendency to prioritize the needs of criminals over those of the law-abiding public at large.

After all, Avenatti is one of hundreds — if not thousands — of inmates whose release has been approved out of a concern for their well-being and safety.

It’s a concern that’s been echoed nonstop by the press, never mind the equally valid concerns of these criminals’ victims.

Take LaTor Scott of New York City, who lost her brother Troy during a “third-degree assault” committed on him last summer by a man named Jimmy Rosario.

Despite being sentenced last October to roughly a year in prison, Rosario has been released half a year early because of coronavirus concerns again. And not only has he been released, but he’s been released without any preconditions.

“It was like you’re free to go … to let him get out even extra early, that’s just a double slap in our faces,” Scott said to reporters this week. “It goes to show you that the justice system is flawed, it’s real flawed.”

Real flawed indeed, as also noted by Avenatti’s critics:

Of course, none of this is surprising, seeing as the emergence of the coronavirus pandemic has turned the world upside down:

You got convicted criminals, including murderers, being released from prison.

You got suspects not being arrested for committing crimes.

And you got actual law-abiding citizens being arrested.

It’s like a literal “Gangsta’s Paradise” out here:

Vivek Saxena

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