New York plans charges against Manafort – if Trump pardons him

New York plans charges against Manafort – if Trump pardons him
Paul Manafort (Image: YouTube screen grab via Today)

[Ed. – The plan is being described as an “insurance policy.” Against what? Against Manafort, a petty tax-evader, not being in prison for 20-plus years? Why would New York or anyone else need insurance against that? This isn’t the execution of law; it’s a sick vendetta.]

New York state prosecutors have put together a criminal case against Paul Manafort that they could file quickly if the former chairman of Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign receives a presidential pardon.

New York County District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. is ready to file an array of tax and other charges against Manafort, according to two people familiar with the matter, something seen as an insurance policy should the president exercise his power to free the former aide. Skirting laws that protect defendants from being charged twice for the same offense has been one of Vance’s challenges. …

Former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman anticipated this concern last year when he urged Albany lawmakers to tweak the state’s robust double jeopardy protections to allow local prosecutors to charge individuals convicted of federal crimes but pardoned by the president. The state legislature didn’t follow through on his request.

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