Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen is released from home confinement sentence

Michael Cohen spent a little over a year in federal prison but was released to home confinement for the rest of his sentence due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Michael Cohen, the former personal attorney to President Donald Trump, departs his Manhattan apartment for prison on May 06, 2019 in New York City.
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The former lawyer for former President Trump, Michael Cohen, left the U.S. District Court in Manhattan a free man on Monday, after serving a three year home confinement sentence for campaign finance wrongdoing, tax evasion, and other violations.

Cohen told reporters outside the federal court that he stayed under supervised release for three years and intended to cooperate with law enforcement to "ensure that others are held responsible for their dirty deeds and no one is ever believed to be above the law," according to Reuters.

Afterwards, he tweeted a photo of himself with his release paperwork, saying, "The official end to the #CohenConfinementCountdown…This is what freedom finally looks like!"

Cohen represented himself throughout the criminal proceeding when he pled guilty in Dec. 2018. He was released early from the Otisville, New York, federal prison after a little over a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and its effect on the prison population, the news outlet reported. Cohen served out the rest of his term in his luxury Park Avenue apartment.

On May 29, he sought to end his home confinement about six months early, saying that he had completed hundreds of hour of courses and work while in prison with many other white collar inmates. However, a federal judge rejected his request, ordering that he remain in home confinement until Nov. 22, reflecting more than five months of credits for good behavior, according to Reuters.