• NY appeals court affirms dismissal of Hillary instigated Democrat state fraud charges against Paul Manafort

    From SF Libertarian@sflibertarian@sfchronicle.com to alt.politics.trump,sac.politics,alt.politics.republicans,talk.politics.guns,nyc.politics on Mon Mar 1 00:59:13 2021
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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
    double jeopardy.

    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
    Danny Frost.

    https://nypost.com/2020/10/22/ny-appeals-court-affirms-dismissal- of-fraud-charges-against-paul-manafort/

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