Manhattan DA appeals dismissal of Manafort charges to NY high court

Manhattan DA appeals dismissal of Manafort charges to NY high court
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The Manhattan District Attorney's office on Wednesday announced that it is appealing to New York's highest court a ruling dismissing charges against Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortHuawei paid Tony Podesta 0K for White House lobbying FBI agents swarm Russian oligarch's DC home DOJ investigating one-time Trump campaign adviser over alleged ties to Qatar: report MORE, the former chairman of President TrumpDonald TrumpGrant Woods, longtime friend of McCain and former Arizona AG, dies at 67 Super PACs release ad campaign hitting Vance over past comments on Trump Glasgow summit raises stakes for Biden deal MORE's 2016 campaign.

Manafort was charged in New York state court in March 2019 with residential mortgage fraud and related offenses. In December 2019, a state judge threw out the charges, ruling they overlapped with bank fraud charges that Manafort had faced in federal court. A New York appeals court affirmed the judge's ruling last month.

The DA's office is now appealing the matter to the top court in the state, the New York Court of Appeals, according to a court filing dated Tuesday.

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The move to appeal the dismissal of the charges comes as Trump is set to leave office in January, and could potentially issue a number of pardons before his term ends. Presidents can pardon or commute the sentences of those who have been convicted of federal offenses, but not state offenses.

A federal jury in Virginia convicted Manafort in 2018 of bank fraud and tax fraud charges in a case brought by former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE. Prior to the start of a separate federal trial in Washington, D.C., Manfort pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy against the United States and witness tampering.

Manafort had been sentenced to more than seven years in prison, but in May he was released from prison to home confinement due to concerns about the coronavirus pandemic.