NEW YORK (AP) — New York prosecutors have asked a judge to order California lawyer Michael Avenatti to begin serving a 2 1/2-year prison term.
The request Friday comes a year after Avenatti was convicted of trying to extort up to $25 million from Nike.
Later Friday, Avenatti's lawyers responded by saying he should stay free until Feb. 28 due to a January criminal trial he faces and appeals work.
Avenatti became well known in 2018 representing porn star Stormy Daniels in lawsuits against then-President Donald Trump.
The judge who sentenced Avenatti in July will decide when he reports to prison.