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DAs want High Court to intervene in ex-cons case

ALBANY — New York prosecutors are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to block a state court order that would end parole-style supervision for scores of violent felons who had been released from prison.

They say enforcing the order would threaten public safety.

The Manhattan district attorney on Friday said the Court should temporarily halt — and ultimately reverse — the ruling by New York State Court of Appeals.

That court held on Feb. 23 that post-release supervision can’t be imposed after convicts already have served their prison terms. New York’s highest court said resentencing to include supervision must happen earlier or it amounts to unconstitutional double jeopardy.

Corrections officials say nearly 1,000 criminals would be affected, including 139 returned to prison for parole violations.