New York’s highest court docket has denied Manhattan District Legal professional Cy Vance’s effort to cost former President Donald Trump’s ex-campaign supervisor Paul Manafort in a mortgage fraud case.
Within the ruling handed down final week, Chief Decide Janet DiFiore upheld the choice by a decrease appeals court docket and by Decide Maxwell Wiley, who each dominated that Vance’s try to cost Manafort would violate double jeopardy.
Manafort was convicted of a fraud scheme in federal court docket and sentenced to seven years in jail — however was pardoned by Trump quickly earlier than he left workplace.
After Manafort was convicted, Vance introduced het had been charged in New York state court docket on a 16-count indictment, alleging he had defrauded banks by mendacity to acquire mortgages on 4 properties.
Decide Wiley struck down the try in a 26-page determination in December, saying the case was too near the federal costs Manafort had already been prosecuted for.
“The Folks have failed to determine that the hurt or evil every statute is designed to stop may be very completely different in type from the federal statutes for which the defendant was beforehand prosecuted,” Wiley wrote the choice.
Vance then appealed to the First Judicial Division of the Appeals Court docket, which upheld Wiley’s determination.
Vance then appealed to the state’s highest court docket, resulting in Decide DiFiore’s Feb. four determination.
“As we have now stated from the time the District Legal professional introduced costs against Mr. Manafort, this can be a case that ought to by no means have been introduced as a result of the dismissed indictment is a transparent violation of New York legislation,” Manafort’s lawyer, Todd Blanche stated Monday.
“Because the trial court docket held, and the Appellate Division affirmed, the Folks’s arguments ‘fall far brief’ of triggering an exception to double jeopardy that might justify this prosecution,” he added.