The drama surrounding President Trump’s pardon of former Sheriff Joe Arpaio is far from resolved. The latest chapter comes as Arpaio’s legal teams calls for a dismissal of his conviction. The judge hearing the case has halted the sentencing proceeding in light of the pardon, but is not throwing out his conviction.
The verdict should have been set aside by the court already and prior to the pardon for the reason that it was never delivered to Sheriff Arpaio in open court, but instead sent to his attorneys via email, thus violating his constitutional rights to a public trial and to participate in his trial.
“This motion is made on the grounds that on August 25th, 2017, the president of the United States of America issued a full and unconditional pardon of defendant,” Arpaio’s team wrote in their motion. “The president’s pardon moots the case, and it warrants an automatic vacatur of all opinions, judgments, and verdicts related to the criminal charge.”
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