In a shameful move, the Department of Justice (DOJ) has sided with the disgraced former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio and asked a federal judge to toss out the criminal contempt case against Arpaio.
This new development comes after President Donald Trump pardoned the former Maricopa sheriff who was found in contempt of court for violating a court order to cease racial profiling and unwarranted stops of mostly Hispanic people.
In a court filing the DOJ stated that “The President’s decision to grant Defendant a ‘[f]ull and [u]nconditional [p]ardon [f]or [h]is [c]onviction’—and Defendant’s decision to accept it—ends this prosecution. The presidential pardon removes any punitive consequences that would otherwise flow from Defendant’s non-final conviction and therefore renders the case moot.”
Arpaio’s sentencing for criminal contempt was due to happen in October. In July, a federal judge found Arpaio guilty of incidences of criminal contempt dating back to 2011. The convictions did not unfortunately include a whole litany of alleged civil rights violations.
The judge has canceled the sentencing hearing in lieu of the President’s pardon, but still plans to hear arguments for Arpaio’s request to toss out the case entirely.
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