Judge delays next step in Avenatti legal process

NEW YORK (AP) – A judge has agreed to delay the next step in the legal process for federal extortion charges against lawyer Michael Avenatti for 30 days.

An order signed Thursday by U.S. Magistrate Judge Henry Pitman was entered in the public record Friday.

The order extends until May 28 a deadline for formal charges to be brought against Avenatti, who gained fame with his representation of porn star Stormy Daniels during her legal battles with President Donald Trump.

Prosecutors say Avenatti’s attorney had requested more time to retain a lawyer to discuss a resolution of the case with the government.

Avenatti says he expects to be exonerated on charges in New York accusing him of trying to extort millions of dollars from Nike.

He also has disputed fraud charges brought against him in California.

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