Mistrial Declared In Avenatti’s Embezzlement Case

NBC News reports:

A California judge declared a mistrial Tuesday in lawyer Michael Avenatti’s embezzlement case, where he was accused of stealing nearly $10 million in settlement funds from his clients.

The Orange County judge ruled that federal prosecutors failed to disclose data in connection with a law firm server that included a database that tracked expenses and costs associated with cases, officials told NBC News.

After Avenatti raised the issue last week, U.S. District Court Judge James Selna agreed that it should have been turned over and declared the mistrial. Selna said he thinks prosecutors’ failure to turn over the information was a mistake and found no malice or misconduct.