ICYMI: Michael Cohen, Paul Manafort, and the Art of the (plea) Deal

 
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Within a span of a couple weeks, President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen and Trump’s ex-campaign manager Paul Manafort both pleaded guilty to fraud charges in federal court. The two men’s plea agreements were widely discussed by the media, giving the public a look into the federal justice system. The situation is like being able to review Amazon’s most recent settlement agreements.

For lawyers, there must be some important and tactical information included in those agreements, right?

Check out my recent column in the Indiana Lawyer that breaks down Cohen’s and Manafort’s deals and what lawyers can glean from them. (Spoiler alert: Nobody walks away from plea negotiations with the United States with a great deal.)

Jonathan Bont