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Prosecutors say New York Manafort case isn't double jeopardy

NEW YORK — Prosecutors in New York City say their state case against twice-convicted Paul Manafort isn’t double jeopardy like his defence contends.

Court papers filed on Wednesday argue the mortgage fraud case is based on allegations that were never resolved in previous federal prosecutions of the former Donald Trump campaign manager.

State prosecutors and lawyers for Manafort met briefly with a judge in court on Wednesday on the matter. Manafort wasn’t there, but the judge ordered him to attend the next hearing on Dec. 18.

The 70-year-old Manafort has pleaded not guilty to state fraud 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.

He’s currently serving a 7 1/2-year sentence in a Pennsylvania lockup.

The Associated Press