Arpaio Pardon Valid

Oct 5, 2017

A federal judge ruled that President Trump’s pardon of Sheriff Joe Arpaio was valid. She dismissed the criminal case against Arpaio after citing Supreme Court precedence. With the pardon, prosecutors won’t be able to hold Arpaio accountable for violating a judge’s order to stop enforcing federal immigration law. Several advocacy groups as well as 30 Democrats in Congress asked a federal judge to hold the pardon invalid, arguing that “clemency is an encroachment by Trump on the power and independence of the courts.” While dismissing the case, the judge “held off on ruling on Arpaio’s request to throw out all orders in the case, including a blistering 14-page ruling in which the judge explained her original reasoning in finding that Arpaio was guilty of a crime.” Arpaio was found guilty of racially profiling Latinos on immigration patrols. John Keller, the prosecutor in the case, agreed that it was “appropriate to dismiss the case against Arpaio.” Keller went on to say, “This prosecution is over. The defendant will never be held accountable for his contempt of Judge Snow’s injunction.”