Manifort NY Case Dismissed, Rick Gates Sentenced to 45 Days in Jail

Paul Manafort's New York mortgage fraud case has been tossed by the Judge on double jeopardy grounds. The judge said he found the factual overlap between this case and his federal case to be "extensive, if not identical."

Manafort wasn't in court to hear the ruling because he's been in the hospital for a "cardiac event."

Rick Gates, a former Trump deputy campaign chairman who cooperated with the Government against his former boss Paul Manafort and others, and who was charged in the same federal Indictments as Manafort before making his cooperation deal, has been sentenced to 45 days in jail and three years probation.

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    I'm no expert on NY State's particular rule (none / 0) (#1)
    by Peter G on Wed Dec 18, 2019 at 08:20:35 PM EST
    on double jeopardy/ successive prosecution. Sounds like the proposition is quite debatable and will warrant an appeal by the DA's office. This state charge against Manafort does not violate the Double Jeopardy Clause of the U.S. Constitution, because it is by a "separate sovereign," as the Supreme Court reaffirmed just last year.