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NY AG Schneiderman seeks way around possible presidential pardons

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Eric Schneiderman, NY AGAttorney General Eric Schneiderman is urging lawmakers to change the state’s double jeopardy law in case President Donald Trump attempts to use his pardon power to protect himself or his aides from criminal prosecution.

Schneiderman, a Democrat who has been a vocal critic of the Trump administration and the president's business dealings, sent a letter to legislative leaders Wednesday asking them to exempt state charges in cases that involve a presidential pardon from the double jeopardy law. Otherwise, Schneiderman wrote, New York’s relatively broad protections against double jeopardy could be abused to shield defendants beyond what the Constitution allows.

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