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DOJ Asks Judge To Throw Out Joe Arpaio Verdict

The federal government is asking that the criminal conviction of former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio be thrown out.

Arpaio’s attorneys had previously asked Judge Susan Bolton to vacate the verdict in light of President Trump’s pardon.

The president’s action came after the former sheriff was found guilty of criminal contempt for continuing to enforce federal immigration law against a judge’s order.

On Monday the Department of Justice filed a response agreeing with Apraio’s attorneys that the charges should be dropped. 

Because the pardon was issued before the sentence, the government said Arpaio will face no consequences from the guilty verdict, making it moot.

Several groups have filed amicus briefs in opposition to the judge vacating the order. A hearing before Judge Bolton is scheduled for Oct. 4.

Jimmy Jenkins is a senior field correspondent at KJZZ and a contributor to NPR’s Election 2020 and Criminal Justice station collaborations. His work has been featured on Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Marketplace, Here and Now, The Takeaway and NPR Newscasts.Originally from Terre Haute, Indiana, Jenkins has a B.S. in criminology from Indiana State University and a master’s degree in journalism from Indiana University.Much of his reporting has focused on the criminal justice system. Jenkins has reported on Tasers, body cameras, use of force, jail privatization, prison health care and the criminal contempt trial of former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.