Law Prof Who Supported State Charges Against Manafort Says Manhattan DA’s Case Has a Big Problem - 03-15


Prosecutors in Manhattan waited until right after Paul Manafort was sentenced in his Washington, D.C. federal case to announce an indictment of their own against the former Trump campaign chair on state charges. This was notable because even if President Donald Trump grants a pardon to Manafort, he can only help him with federal cases. State crimes are not subject to presidential pardons. Fordham Law Professor Jed Shugerman wrote in an opinion piece for Slate that while he appreciated and had endorsed such a move, Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance and his office went about it all wrong.