The attorney general of New York, Eric T. Schneiderman, is offended that the President of the United States can pardon criminals. Maybe it is just that it is President Trump. This move was not made against any pardons made by Barack Obama. That is proof of Trump Derangement Syndrom. He wants to change State law to allow him to re-prosecute anyone the President pardons. Here are the legal entanglements.
As Written and Reported By Mike Ciandella for The Blaze:
New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman wants to change state law so that he can bring criminal charges against individuals who have been previously pardoned by President Donald Trump.
In an April 18 letter addressed to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, as well as to the majority and minority leaders in the state Senate and the speaker and minority leader in the state assembly, Schneiderman argues that the current law needs to be updated. The proposed law would have to pass the state Legislature and be signed by Cuomo.
If it becomes law, Schneiderman’s proposal would have a very narrow focus. It would apply to people who could be indicted on a state level after being pardoned for a similar crime on a federal level. The president does not have the authority to pardon someone convicted on a state level.
Double jeopardy law, enshrined in the Fifth Amendment, prevents a U.S. citizen from being prosecuted twice by the federal government for the same crime. Similar laws exist at the state level. Many states, including New York, have their own laws in place mandating that a person tried for a crime on a federal level cannot also be tried on a state level for the same crime……
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