Tuesday, August 29, 2017

BREAKING, READ: Following Presidential Pardon, Judge Sets October Hearing On Vacating Arpaio Criminal Contempt Of Court Verdict

U.S. District Court Judge Susan Bolton has set an October 4 hearing on whether Donald Trump's Presidential pardon of former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio should vacate the verdict that he is guilty of criminal contempt of court.

The Judge's late Tuesday afternoon Order vacates the sentencing hearing set for October 5, and replaces it with oral argument on Arpaio's Motion to vacate and dismiss the case with prejudice, on Octbober 4 at 10:00a.m.. If successful, that motion would have the effect of wiping away the July verdict finding him guilty of criminal contempt of court for flagrantly violating a court order in the Melendres v. Arpaio civil rights case.

Judge Bolton rejected Arpaio's request to rule immediately on the Motion "because it requests more than vacating the sentencing date and dismissal with prejudice."  She thus gives the Government an opportunity to respond.

Yesterday, Trump gave a 4-minute long defense of his Friday night pardon of his friend Arpaio, and the former Sheriff's attorneys' Motion and Proposed Order can be read here.

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