Judge orders Michael Cohen to be released from prison - FOX34 Lubbock

Judge orders Michael Cohen to be released from prison

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By LARRY NEUMEISTER
Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) - A judge has ordered the release from prison of President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer, saying he believes the government retaliated against him for writing a book about Trump.

U.S. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein ordered Michael Cohen released from prison by 2 p.m. on Friday. Cohen sued the government earlier this week, saying he was ordered back to prison on July 9 because he was writing a book to be released before the November presidential election.

Hellerstein said he believes Cohen's First Amendment rights were violated by the decision.

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