PHOENIX - Prosecutors with the Department of Justice agree that a judge should vacate the misdemeanor conviction against former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio following his pardon from President Donald Trump.
"A pardon issued before entry of final judgment moots a criminal case because the defendant will face no consequences that result from the guilty verdict," prosecutors said in the motion. "Accordingly, the government agrees that the Court should vacate all orders and dismiss the case as moot."
"Throughout his time as Sheriff, Arpaio continued his life'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 a worthy candidate for a Presidential pardon," Trump said in a statement. Read more.