President Trump’s one-time campaign manager Paul Manafort arrives at Manhattan Supreme Court [File: Timothy A Clary/AFP]

Paul Manafort, US President Donald Trump‘s former campaign chairman, on Wednesday, won the dismissal of New York state charges of residential mortgage fraud and other crimes, after arguing that the indictment illegally subjected him to being prosecuted twice for the same crime.

Justice Maxwell Wiley of the state Supreme Court in Manhattan cited double jeopardy at a hearing in dismissing the indictment brought by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance.

“Obviously, we are very happy,” Manafort lawyer Todd Blanche said in an interview after the ruling, which the judge delivered from the bench.

“This indictment should never have been brought, and today’s decision is a stark reminder that

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