Anticipating Trump Pardons, Attorney General Wants Close New York’s Double Jeopardy “Loophole”


ALBANY, NY (WSKG) – New York’s Attorney General Tish James says she’s reached an agreement with the state legislature to amend the state’s double jeopardy laws to make it easier to go after people accused of crimes in New York, even if a President pardons them.

New York’s Attorney General Tish James. Photo by Karen DeWitt.

The measure is aimed at holding associates of President Donald Trump , including  his former campaign director Paul Manafort and Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen accountable, for crimes committed within New York’s boundaries.  That’s despite any Presidential pardons for anyone convicted of a federal crime.

“We do have an agreement with both houses,” said James. “We anticipate that the bill will be passed in the coming week.”

Under the concept of double jeopardy, Americans cannot be charged and prosecuted twice for the same crimes. The measure now before the legislature would carve out an exception to the double jeopardy protections in the event of Presidential pardons.

Supporters of the bill say they have reason to be concerned. Trump has already pardoned former Maricopa County, Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio and conservative commentator  Dinesh D’Souza.

The bill is also supported by Governor Cuomo.