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Prosecutors Say New York Manafo Case Isn’t Double Jeopardy

State prosecutors in New York City asked a judge Wednesday to reject claims by the defense team for twice-convicted Paul Manafo that their mogage fraud case is double jeopardy.

In cou papers filed in Manhattan, the prosecutors said that the case against the former campaign chairman for President Donald Trump is based on allegations that were never resolved in a 2018 federal trial in Virginia. Jurors found Manafo guilty of eight counts of tax- and bank-fraud charges but couldn’t reach a verdict on 10 other charges, resulting in a mistrial on those counts.

“Declaration of a mistrial because of a deadlocked jury is precisely the type of situation where New York cous allow a second prosecution for the same underlying conduct,” prosecutors wrote.

Prosecutors and lawyers for Manafo spoke briefly to a judge on the matter at sidebar Wednesday without making arguments in open cou. Manafo wasn’t there, but the judge ordered him to attend the next pretrial hearing on Dec. 18. No trial date has been set.

The 70-year-old Manafo has pleaded not guilty to state charges that could keep him behind bars even if the Republican president pardons him for the federal crimes uncovered during the probe of Russian election meddling. Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance Jr. announced the charges in March, just minutes after Manafo was sentenced in the second of the two federal cases, saying in a statement at the time: “No one is beyond the law in New York.”

Manafo’s federal cases were byproducts of special counsel Robe Mueller’s probe of Russian influence on the 2016 election, but a judge who presided over one of them made clear that they had nothing to do with Russian election interference, but rather Manafo’s years of “gaming the system.”

The 16-count New York indictment alleges Manafo gave false and misleading information in applying for residential mogage loans, staing in 2015 and continuing until three days before Trump’s inauguration in 2017. He is also charged with falsifying business records and conspiracy.

Manafo is currently serving a 7½-year sentence in a Pennsylvania lockup.

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