As @maddow would say, I’m not a lawyer. (Not even in the ballpark.) But I do know our Manhattan DA, Cy Vance, and his shady, Trumpy history in NY.
So indulge me while I posit this theory.
NY State has a stringent Double Jeopardy statute, beyond any federal protection, which does not allow for this.
He ordered his prosecutors to drop the case.
At the same time, he was *receiving reelection donations* from Trump’s lawyers.
Some could say Cy Vance enabled Trump’s current looting of our country and destruction of our democracy.
He let the little fish off the hook.
“I have never seen the prosecutor’s office do anything like this,” Manhattan S C Justice Ruth Pickholz said.
Again he received election money from Weinstein’s lawyers
So...if he’s sleazy and Trumpy and simply on the take, why indict Manafort?
He knows N.Y. State law. He knows how protective the Double Jeopardy loophole is.
Is this is a set up? Are New Yorkers being scammed?
But I do know that I don’t trust Cy Vance, or our new AG Tish James who ran to Albany before the indictment to discuss closing the Double Jeopardy loophole.
Seems like they’re putting on a choreographed show. One they know won’t amount to a hill of beans.