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Pardon? Sheriff Joe Arpaio request to vacate criminal contempt finding denied


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Pardon? Sheriff Joe Arpaio request to vacate criminal contempt finding denied

 Posted by William A. Jacobson    Friday, October 20, 2017 at 4:02pm

Judge finds that while Trump’s pardon is legally effective preventing sentencing, prior orders in the case will remain in place.

A federal judge in Arizona previously ruled that Donald Trump’s pardon of former Sheriff Joe Arpaio was legally effective, despite claims from several left-wing public interest groups and law professors that the pardon was unlawful. We covered that ruling in Pardon of Sheriff Joe Arpaio upheld by court.

In that post, we noted that there was an open issue as to whether the pardon required the court to vacate all prior orders in the case, including the finding of criminal contempt, or merely hold off on sentencing:

That the court took “under advisement” the request to vacate all prior Orders in the case (as opposed to just the conviction) is not surprising. While the validity of the pardon was crystal clear, whether it requires vacating everything that has happened in the case so far is less clear (though I think it does).

Yesterday, the court resolved that open issue,      :snip: 

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