[Ed. – It should not be forgotten how many media notables fawned over this guy and how much airtime they gave him while doing so. –Brit Hume]
A Manhattan federal jury convicted Avenatti on three counts: extortion, wire fraud and transmission of interstate communications with intent to extort. He faces up to 42 years in prison.
Avenatti, 48, who did not testify in his defense, pleaded not guilty to charges alleging that he tried to extort up to $25 million from Nike by threatening to expose corruption at the company unless he was allowed to conduct an investigation.
Prosecutors said he had more than $11 million in debts at the time.