Sheriff Arpaio's Pardon Was Unconstitutional, Advocates Say

Law360 (April 30, 2019, 8:41 PM EDT) -- President Donald Trump's 2017 pardon of ex-Sheriff Joe Arpaio should be found invalid, a bipartisan collection of advocacy groups and legal experts told the Ninth Circuit, calling Arpaio "one of the nation's most notorious civil rights violators" and saying his exoneration would be "corrosive of the rule of law."

Arpaio and Arizona's Maricopa County Sheriff's Office were found to have engaged in racially discriminatory traffic-stop practices in 2015. Arpaio was convicted of criminal contempt of court in 2017 for violating court orders in that case, according to filings. After Trump pardoned him, Arpaio sought to have his conviction vacated, but an...

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