(National Sentinel)Â Judiciary: Former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio is pledging to argue all the way to the Supreme Court if a federal judge refuses to vacate his conviction after being pardoned by President Donald J. Trump.
U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton said recently that she may not vacate the conviction because she’s not convinced that it should be. A presidential pardon does not automatically vacate a conviction, though by far most people pardoned by presidents have seen their convictions vacated as well.
Arpaio was convicted earlier this summerÂ forÂ contempt of court in relation to a racial profiling case, but he says his case and conviction had nothing to do with profiling, that it was a fabricated charge by the Obama administration.
“Does she believe in the presidentâ€™s pardon? I think the pardon said everything. So if she wants to do it, OK. And then weâ€™ll appeal all the way to the Supreme Court,â€ Arpaio said.
As reported byÂ Fox News:
The case of the former sheriff of Arizonaâ€™s Maricopa County goes back to 2011, when Arpaio was ordered to cease traffic stops that singled out illegal immigrants in Phoenix. In October 2016, charges were filed against Arpaio for contempt of court in relation to the racial profiling case. He was found guilty on July 31 of this year and was set to be sentenced on October 6 before the president pardoned him on August 25.Â
â€œThroughout his time as sheriff, Arpaio continued his lifeâ€™s work of protecting the public from the scourges of crime and illegal immigration. Sheriff Joe Arpaio is now 85 years old, and after more than 50 years of admirable service to our nation, he is worthy candidate for a presidential pardon,â€ the White House said in a statement when announcing the pardon.
Bolton will consider whether to vacate Arpaio’s conviction Oct. 4.
â€œThis had nothing to do with racial profiling; the true story is gonna come out and Iâ€™m gonna tell you why Iâ€™m gonna fight this and get it out because if they can do this to me they can do this to you. I guarantee it,â€ said Arpaio.
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