Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen released from prison again

Michael Cohen says he's writing a negative book about the president, and was sent back to jail for refusing to sign a form banning him from publishing it.

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July 24, 2020 - 3:22 PM

Michael Cohen, Presidents Trump's former attorney.

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer was released Friday after a judge ruled that  he had been sent back to prison from home confinement as retaliation for his plan to release a book critical of Trump before November’s election.

Michael Cohen walked out of a federal prison in New York on Friday afternoon, his lawyer Danya Perry told The Associated Press, a day after U.S. District Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein ruled that his First Amendment rights were violated when he was ordered back to prison on July 9.

Probation authorities said Cohen was sent back to prison because he refused to sign a form banning him from publishing the book or communicating with the media or public, Hellerstein said during a telephone conference.

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