Saturday, February 29, 2020

Ninth Circuit Refuses to Vacate Sheriff Joe's Contempt Conviction

Remember Sheriff Joe Arpaio?  He once headed the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office and was found guilty of criminal contempt for repeated violations of a federal court order in a successful lawsuit challenging the MSCO's racially discriminatory practices in the name of immigration enforcement.  President Trump pardoned Arpaio.  And he was in the news this week.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in an opinion by Judge Jay S. Bybee and joined by Judges N. Randy Smith, and Daniel P. Collins, Judges

"affirmed the district court’s judgment dismissing former Maricopa County Sheriff Joseph Arpaio’s criminal proceeding with prejudice, and denying vacatur of the district court’s verdict finding Arpaio guilty of criminal contempt, in a case in which Arpaio was granted a pardon by the President before the district court could sentence him."

Arpaio had argued the misdemeanor contempt of court conviction should be removed from his record.  The Ninth Circuit rejected Arpaio’s request, saying the verdict no longer has any legal consequence because of the pardon.

Known for his aggressive immigration enforcement efforts, Arpaio lost a re-election bid in 2016 and has announced running for the office later this year.


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