Connect with us

The Guardians of Democracy

The Guardians of Democracy

New York Attorney General Seeks Power To Prosecute Trump Aides Pardoned By President Trump

NEWS

New York Attorney General Seeks Power To Prosecute Trump Aides Pardoned By President Trump




The Attorney General Eric Schneiderman of New York is urging state lawmakers to change state law so that he and other local prosecutors would have the power to bring criminal charges against anyone federally pardoned by President Trump, The New York Times reported Wednesday.

“We are disturbed by reports that the president is considering pardons of individuals who may have committed serious federal financial, tax, and other crimes — acts that may also violate New York law,” Eric Schneiderman said in a statement.

“We must ensure that if the president, or any president, issues such pardons, we can use the full force of New York’s laws to bring such individuals to justice.”

Schneider sent a three-page letter to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) and other legislative leaders.




According to The New York Times:

Under the plan, Mr. Schneiderman, a Democrat, seeks to exempt New York’s double jeopardy law from cases involving presidential pardons, according to the letter, a copy of which was obtained by The New York Times. The current law and the concept of double jeopardy in general mean that a person cannot be tried for the same crime twice.

Right now, New York state law prevents people from being prosecuted more than once for crimes related to the same act, even if the original prosecution was in federal court. There are already a number of exceptions to the law, and the letter says that Mr. Schneiderman is proposing to add a new one that could be used if federal pardons are issued.




Comments

More in NEWS

Facebook




Trending:




Trending This Week:

Latest

To Top