NY appeals court affirms dismissal of Hillary instigated Democrat state fraud charges against Paul Manafort
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A New York appeals court Thursday upheld a state judge’s ruling
to dismiss the $20 million mortgage fraud case against President
Trump’s ex-campaign manager Paul Manafort on the grounds of
The Appellate Division First Department sided with Manhattan
Supreme Court Justice Maxwell Wiley’s analysis that the federal
charges for which Manafort had already been convicted “involved
the same fraud, against the same victims, as is charged in his
New York indictment,” wrote the four-judge panel.
They rejected the Manhattan District Attorney’s argument that
the overlap in prosecution was warranted given that the federal
and state statutes were “designed to prevent very different
kinds of harm or evil.”
After Manafort, 71, was convicted and sentenced on federal
financial fraud charges, Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance Jr. announced
a 16-count indictment alleging, in part, that he had defrauded
banks by lying to obtain mortgages on four properties.
Wiley dismissed the case in July 2019 prompting the Manhattan DA
to appeal the decision.
Manafort’s lawyer, Todd Blanche, said his client was pleased
with the decision. “This is a case that should never have been
brought because the dismissed indictment is a clear violation of
New York law,” he said.
Manafort could potentially receive a presidential pardon on the
federal convictions — which would not apply state charges.
“We will consider our appellate options,” said DA spokesman