Ken Kurson, a confidante of President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior White House adviser Jared Kushner, is in negotiations with federal prosecutors who charged him with cyberstalking against three people last month.
In a joint filing by Political Advisor Kurson, his attorney, and the Brooklyn, New York State Attorney's Office, the parties cited these appeal talks as they asked a judge to extend the deadline for filing a charge or other type of charge document Usually used when a defendant has pleaded guilty.
"They are involved in plea negotiations that they believe are likely to lead to a decision on this case without trial," the file said.
However, it is possible that the case could be resolved without a guilty pledge from Kurson, who is free for a $ 100,000 bond, either because he chooses to go to court or because he is allowed to participate in a pre-trial diversion program , such as managing anger.
US Judge Ramon Reyes approved the motion, which extends the filing period from December 4th to February 4th.
Marc Mukasey, Kurson's defense attorney, declined to comment, as did John Marzulli, a US prosecutor's spokesman for the Eastern District of New York.
Kurson, who was the editor of the New York Observer newspaper when Kushner owned it, is accused of repeatedly visiting victims at work, filing false complaints with their employers, and engaging in "malicious cyber activities".
While serving as an editor, Kurson advised then-presidential candidate Trump in a speech he gave in 2016 to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. Kurson later sat in the Trump Family Box at the Republican National Convention that year.
More recently, he started a news website, Modern Consensus, which focuses on cryptocurrency and blockchain technology. He is also a board member of the cryptocurrency company Ripple.
The Maplewood, New Jersey-based man was arrested on a criminal complaint in October, two years after he withdrew his name from considering an appointment by the Trump administration to the board of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
The New York Times reported in July 2018 that two doctors at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York accused Kurson of harassment and that the FBI was informed of their allegations when the agency was conducting a background check on Kurson for the seat of the board. The background check led directly to criminal charges against him.
The complaint states that Kurson blamed a victim with whom he had been friends for more than two decades "for the dissolution of his marriage".
The second victim was an employee and manager of the first victim. The third victim was married to the second victim and worked for a news publication, the complaint said.
The complaint also states that FBI agents found evidence that between September 2015 and December 2015, Kurson accessed the email and social media accounts of two of the victims without their knowledge and used spyware to log keystrokes on the A victim's computer installed.
There was also evidence that Kurson contacted the victims' employers to make allegations that the complaint found included a "false claim of inappropriate contact with a minor".
He used the aliases "Jayden Wagner" and "Eddie Train" to make the false claims, the complaint said.
His 2018 FBI questionnaire for a background check for his appointment to the future director also states, "Kurson made several false statements and misrepresentations, including false confirmation that he never used any other names or aliases." It is a federal crime to lie on such a questionnaire.
At the time of Kurson's arrest, his attorney Mukasey said, "Ken Kurson is an honorable man, a loving father, and a brilliant writer. This case has hardly been the subject of federal prosecution."
"He'll get past it," said Mukasey.