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Paul Manafort cannot be prosecuted in NY after Trump pardon, double jeopardy ruling stands

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Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort is escorted into court for his arraignment in New York Supreme Court, June 27, 2019.

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Paul Manafort, the Republican consultant who at one point ran Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, cannot be prosecuted in New York state court for conduct related to his prior federal criminal convictions, a court ruling has ensured.

The New York Court of Appeals last week refused to hear an appeal of a lower-court ruling that had barred Manafort’s prosecution by the Manhattan District Attorney’s office on the grounds of double jeopardy.

The decision leaves comes two months after Trump pardoned Manafort for his federal convictions.

A spokesman for Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance Jr. declined to comment on the decision, which was first reported by The New York Times.

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