BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — New York’s attorney general continues to keep attention on President Trump, applauding on Wednesday the state Senate for passing a bill to close a double jeopardy loophole.
The office of Letitia James stated that:
“Left unaddressed, the current loophole in the law could deny New York the opportunity to pursue justice under state law in certain instances of abuse of the presidential pardon power.”
Double jeopardy means you cannot be charged again for the same crime — but what about someone who is pardoned by the highest office in the land? This Senate bill would add to 12 previously established exceptions.
The statement goes on to say:
“The president – unlike a monarch or authoritarian dictator – is not above the law and our laws should apply to all people of this nation equally, including and especially our leaders.”
The bill heads next to the state Assembly.
I applaud the @NYSenate‘s passage of my & @toddkaminsky‘s bill to close the double jeopardy loophole in NY.
The legislation upholds the standards of fairness & justice at the core of the double jeopardy law, and prevents it from being used as a tool to deny justice altogether.— NY AG James (@NewYorkStateAG) May 8, 2019
James, who was sworn in in January, had in March opened a civil investigation into President Donald Trump’s business dealings.