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Gov. Cuomo signs new law to close pardon loophole

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill into law Wednesday to close New York’s double jeopardy loophole.

The loophole protected people who received Presidential pardons on federal charges from being prosecuted on the same charges on the state level in New York.

“The closure of this egregious loophole gives prosecutors the ability to stand up against any abuse of power, and helps ensure that no politically motivated, self-serving action is sanctioned under law,” Cuomo said.

The new law takes effect immediately, and applies to future and past offenses, as long as the person has not been tried or entered a plea.

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