A number of high-profile prisoners, including former President Trump attorney Michael Cohen, gangster and rapper Takeshi69, celebrity attorney Michael Avenatti, and the genius of the Ponzi scheme Bernie Madoff, have launched legal offers to be released from prison for fear of contracting coronavirus behind bars.
Disgraced and disgraced media tycoon Harvey Weinstein, 68, is the highest profile criminal to date who has proven positive for COVID-19 after capturing him while imprisoned on infamous Rikers Island, New York’s main prison complex City, before being transferred and subsequently isolated at the Wende Correctional Facility in western New York.
On Monday, the president of New York State correctional officers and benevolent police association Michael Powers confirmed that Weinstein is one of two isolated prisoners in the facility.
Those who are making legal offers to escape prison to avoid the virus fear that US prisons will become a breeding ground for the spread of the coronavirus and are keen to avoid Weinstein’s situation.
Prisons in the United States are already trying to release low-level criminals to reduce the population and stem the spread of the virus.
Media tycoon rapist and dishonored Harvey Weinstein, who is serving 23 years for rape and sexual assault, is held in solitary confinement in prison after testing positive for coronavirus
Prison complex on Rikers Island, New York, where Harvey Weinstein is believed to have captured the coronavirus. It is feared that U.S. prisons may become a breeding ground for the virus
Takeshi69, whose real name is Daniel Hernandez, told the Federal Court in Manhattan in a letter that he is breathing breathlessness, a symptom of the coronavirus. He also claimed to have asthma and was recently hospitalized with bronchitis and sinusitis on October 31st, which would put him in the high risk category.
Hernandez’s attorney, Lance Lazzaro, wrote in the letter on Sunday: ‘While I recognize that his release date is only about four months away, given the health crisis that is going through this region and the compromised medical conditions of Mr. Hernandez, please consider carefully by changing Mr.’s sentence. Hernandez so as to make it immediately suitable for home birth. “
Daniel Hernandez, aka Takeshi69, is expected to be released on July 31, but has requested that he be released early to avoid coronavirus as it spreads through the New York prison system.
He is expected to complete his sentence on July 31 after being jailed for committing nine federal crimes, including racketeering and drug charges. He was facing a much longer sentence, but this was reduced after collaborating in investigations of other gang members.
The letter states that the 23-year-old guardian of the Hernandez facility, imprisoned, will not allow him to go to the hospital, “despite the recommendations of the facility’s medical director” to be treated by a hospital doctor.
Contrary to Hernandez’s appeal, Michael Cohen, 53, a former Trump repairer who is serving a three-year sentence for fraud and false testimony at the Federal Correctional Faculty in Otisville, New York, did not mention any specific medical need as a reason for his release.
Trump’s former repairer Michael Cohen, sentenced to 3 years in prison for fraud and false testimony, also filed for release from prison, despite not having basic health conditions.
Otisville Federal Correctional Institution, where Michael Cohen is currently incarcerated
Therefore, US assistant lawyer Tom McKay wrote in a letter to Federal Judge Manhatten that Cohen’s claim “applies equally to all detainees” in the New York prison system.
McKay wrote: ‘Cohen has not even attempted to argue that he is solely at risk compared to other inmates. Nor could: he is 53 years old and in good health. “
Cohen’s fellow lawyer, 49-year-old Michael Avenatti, famous for representing celebrities including Stormy Daniels and serving for attempting to extort sportswear giant Nike, also asked to be released from prison to avoid the coronavirus.
His representative said that when he visited Avenatti in prison, he saw that the prison was “completely unprepared” for the coronavirus epidemic, without hand sanitizer or checks on people entering and leaving the prison.
“This is a small indicator of a big problem,” attorney Dean Steward told CNN. ‘I’m putting together a motion to get him out on bail based almost exclusively on the disease factor and how bad it will be once a person gets there. A guard or someone will get it; it will be a horror show. ‘
Despite his concerns, a federal judge rejected Avenatti’s request to be released early, dismissing concerns that a recent pneumonia case would put him at high risk.
The famous lawyer Michael Avenatti – famous for representing Stormy Daniels – and his representative, believe that the prison system is not suitable to face the outbreak of the coronavirus
Bernie Madoff, who served 150 years in prison, has terminal kidney disease. Capturing the coronavirus could be fatal for someone with their condition and age
Another high-profile inmate who is considering the release application is Bernie Madoff, the man behind a notorious ponzi plan who took him to a 150-year prison for fraud, money laundering, perjury and false statements.
Madoff, 81, applied for compassionate leave last month because of his terminal kidney disease, and is said to be considering the release application once again due to the threat posed by coronavirus to people in poor condition of health.
Speaking to Daily News, Madoff’s attorney said: “This health crisis can further accelerate his death. I think this potentially represents another additional reason why continuing to keep him in solitary confinement is not in his best interest or best interest. of the audience. “