Pardons

NY legislature passes bill to soften Trump's pardon power

Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

New York's Democratically controlled state assembly passed a measure on Tuesday permitting prosecutors to pursue state charges against any individual who receives a presidential pardon for a federal conviction, targeting President Trump's pardon power, NBC News reports.

Context: State law does not currently allow a person to be tried for the same crime that the federal government has already prosecuted. The bill would establish a limited exception within New York's double jeopardy law, allowing state prosecutors to open or proceed with investigations into any pardoned person who, while in the state of New York, served in a president's administration, worked on a campaign or transition into the White House, or was employed by a nonprofit or business controlled by the president, per NBC.

Trump pardons ex-media mogul Conrad Black and former California politician

Conrad Black. Photo: Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images

President Trump issued pardons for ex-media mogul Conrad Black and former California politician Patrick Nolan on Wednesday evening.

Catch up quick: Black, a Canadian-born publisher was found guilty of 4 counts of fraud in 2007 for plotting to steal millions of dollars from the sale of newspapers owned by Hollinger Inc., where he was CEO and chairman. He was sentenced to 6 years in prison, and served more than 3, later deported from the U.S. His media empire once included the Chicago Sun-Times, The Daily Telegraph, The Jerusalem Post and other papers throughout the U.S. and Canada. Last year, Black published a book titled "Donald J. Trump: A President Like No Other."