• Impotent Democrat tool Cy Vance's case against Paul Manafort officially dead

    From SF Libertarian@sflibertarian@sfchronicle.com to alt.politics.trump,sac.politics,alt.politics.republicans,talk.politics.guns,nyc.politics on Mon Mar 1 00:13:34 2021
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    New York’s highest court has denied Manhattan District Attorney
    Cy Vance’s effort to charge former President Donald Trump’s ex-
    campaign manager Paul Manafort in a mortgage fraud case.

    In the ruling handed down last week, Chief Judge Janet DiFiore
    upheld the decision by a lower appeals court and by Judge
    Maxwell Wiley, who both ruled that Vance’s attempt to charge
    Manafort would violate double jeopardy.

    Manafort was convicted of a fraud scheme in federal court and
    sentenced to seven years in prison — but was pardoned by Trump
    soon before he left office.

    After Manafort was convicted, Vance announced het had been
    charged in New York state court on a 16-count indictment,
    alleging he had defrauded banks by lying to obtain mortgages on
    four properties.

    Judge Wiley struck down the attempt in a 26-page decision in
    December, saying the case was too close to the federal charges
    Manafort had already been prosecuted for.

    “The People have failed to establish that the harm or evil each
    statute is designed to prevent is very different in kind from
    the federal statutes for which the defendant was previously
    prosecuted,” Wiley wrote the decision.

    Vance then appealed to the First Judicial Department of the
    Appeals Court, which upheld Wiley’s decision.

    Vance then appealed to the state’s highest court, leading to
    Judge DiFiore’s Feb. 4 decision.

    “As we have said from the time the District Attorney announced
    charges against Mr. Manafort, this is a case that should never
    have been brought because the dismissed indictment is a clear
    violation of New York law,” Manafort’s attorney, Todd Blanche
    said Monday.

    “As the trial court held, and the Appellate Division affirmed,
    the People’s arguments ‘fall far short’ of triggering an
    exception to double jeopardy that would justify this
    prosecution,” he added.

    https://nypost.com/2021/02/08/cy-vances-case-against-manafort- dismissed-by-nys-highest-court/

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