Clinton Appointed Judge Forced to Pardon Sheriff Joe Takes Vindictive Action



The Bill Clinton appointed judge who reluctantly pardoned Sheriff Joe is apparently still bitter.
Susan Bolton refuses to throw out the rulings of the case against Sheriff Joe, and instead is insisting he’s only escaped the punishment from the ruling by Presidential pardon.
Arpaio’s attorneys are appealing this decision and will fight back.
From NBC
The judge in former Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s now-pardoned criminal case has refused the retired lawman’s request to throw out all rulings in the case, including a blistering decision that explained her reasoning in finding him guilty of a crime.
The request denied Thursday by U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton was aimed at clearing Arpaio’s name and barring the ruling’s use in future court cases as an example of a prior bad act.
Bolton said pardons don’t erase convictions or the facts of cases. She said the pardon issued by President Donald Trump only mooted Arpaio’s possible punishments.
“The pardon undoubtedly spared defendant from any punishment that might otherwise have been imposed,” Bolton wrote. “It did not, however, ‘revise the historical facts’ of this case.”
Arpaio’s attorneys appealed Thursday’s decision to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
The conviction stemmed from Arpaio’s disobedience of a 2011 court order that barred his traffic patrols that targeted immigrants. Prosecutors had accused Arpaio of prolonging the patrols for 17 months so that he could promote his immigration enforcement efforts in a bid to boost his successful 2012 re-election campaign.
Arpaio, who endorsed Trump and appeared alongside him at rallies during the 2016 campaign, has acknowledged prolonging the patrols, but insisted his disobedience wasn’t intentional and blamed one of his former attorneys for not adequately explaining the order’s importance.
Earlier this month, Bolton ruled that the pardon will stand and dismissed the case.
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