Kaminsky Introduces Bill to Close NY Double Jeopardy Loophole

Jonathan Stempel from Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York state lawmakers on Friday introduced legislation to give the state’s attorney general and other local prosecutors the power to bring criminal charges against people pardoned by U.S. President Donald Trump.

The bill is intended to close what New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman called a loophole in state law that could permit Trump to pardon people for state crimes, which he has no authority to do, as well as federal crimes.

Passage could make it harder for Trump aides who might be pardoned to escape prosecution, even if special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russia’s role in the 2016 presidential election were shut down.

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