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Manafort Can’t Face New York Charges After Trump Pardon, Court Rules

  • Appeals court ruling effectively ends effort to try Manafort
  • N.Y. charges should never have been brought, lawyer says
Paul Manafort, center, arrives to his arraignment in Manhattan Criminal Court in 2019.

Paul Manafort, center, arrives to his arraignment in Manhattan Criminal Court in 2019.

Photographer: Yana Paskova/Getty Images 

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Paul Manafort is in the clear at last.

Almost four years after Donald Trump’s campaign chairman was targeted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, and about two years after state prosecutors charged him, Manafort is finally free of the threat of jail. The government’s scrutiny of Manafort ended when New York state’s top appeals court issued a ruling that effectively means Manafort can’t be prosecuted by Manhattan’s district attorney.