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Michael Avenatti trial abruptly ends after judge faults prosecutors

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By Jan Wolfe and Jonathan Stempel WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A federal judge on Tuesday declared a mistrial in the government’s embezzlement case against celebrity lawyer Michael Avenatti, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles confirmed to Reuters in an e-mail. U.S. District Judge James Selna in Santa Ana, California,said Avenatti was entitled to a new trial because prosecutors had failed to turn over relevant billing-related evidence. Avenatti, representing himself, argued that the mishandlingof the data hampered his ability to mount a defense. Selna said he did not find any e…

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