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Fri Jun 1, 2018, 11:58 AM

URGENT Just 3 weeks to pass an end of double jeopardy law in NY to counter Trump pardons now. [View all]

NOW is the time to put on the pressure. If time runs out the legislature does not convene again until early next year and any pardon Trump issues before New York State law is changed will negate prosecution by New York State of any crimes pardoned at the Federal level by the president. This is covered in today's New York Daily News :

"Trump's latest pardon has NYS AG calling for end of double jeopardy law in New York"
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/ny-pol-after-trump-pardon-nys-ag-calls-for-end-of-double-jeopardy-20180531-story.html

Here are the bill numbers in the NY State Assembly and Senate:

In the Assembly the bill is in the Codes committee. It is being sponsored by Assemblyman Joe Lentol (D) and it is Assembly Bill #10422.

In the Senate it is also in the Codes committee. It is being sponsored by Senator Todd Kaminsky (D) and it is Senate Bill #8236.

This NY State legislature session is scheduled to conclude in three weeks. The next legislative session is not due to begin until next January. If these bills fail to be signed into law Trump will have 8 or more months to issue Presidential pardons that can not be countered by prosecution for crimes committed within New York State. Those pardons would truly become "get out of jail free cards" unless we can close the double jeopardy loophole in New York law within the next three weeks.

I spoke both to my Democratic Assemblyman's office in Albany and to Assemblyman Lentol's office (and to my Republican State Senators office as well). Prospects for passage in the Assembly are very good. It should have no trouble winning Committee approval and passing the full Assembly.

That by itself means nothing. There is a shell game constantly being played in the New York State Legislature. Democrats in the Assembly can pass any progressive legislation that they want anytime they want, taking full credit for that action while knowing that the Senate will usually kill it. What counts is not what the Assembly does but how quickly they do it and how high a profile they give to passage of this legislation. This bill needs to clear the Assembly soon so that maximum pressure for it's passage can be put on the Senate. Democrats in the Assembly and the Senate must publicly make this legislation of the highest priority for THIS session.

We only need the votes of one or two Republicans in the New York State Senate to get this passed and there are several "moderate" Republican Senators who fear a blue wave this November. No doubt they hope the clock can be run out before they are forced to take a stand on Senate Bill #8236. That is what everyone expects to happen. We can not allow that.

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