The New York state Legislature has passed a bill that aims to weaken President Trump’s pardon power.
The narrow exception created by the bill to the state’s double jeopardy law allows for the state to prosecute people who have already been tried for the same crime by the federal government. The bill would make it easier for prosecutors in certain circumstances to pursue a case against someone who has received a presidential pardon for the federal conviction.
In order for the exception to apply, the president would also have to have a clear personal or political benefit from the pardon he issued. Governor Cuomo has indicated that he will sign the bill.