Thanks to the Left’s near ubiquitous control of the courts in the United States, it’s almost impossible for Trump or conservatives to have their policies enshrined in law. Liberals use the courts to overturn and thwart conservative efforts all the time, whether it be Trump’s travel ban or how they bypassed the will of the people on gay marriage.
Even though Republicans control all the branches, the court system still provides leftists with considerable power, as we’ve unfortunately witnessed. While the president’s travel ban continues getting overturned, another one of his decisions has just been undermined as well.
As reported at the Daily Mail, the federal judge who held sheriff Joe Arpaio in contempt has refused his request to have the ruling against him vacated, meaning a criminal contempt conviction will remain on his record.
While the possibility of jail-time was removed when President Trump issued a pardon for Arpaio, it doesn’t mean that his record will be wiped clean.
“The pardon undoubtedly spared Defendant from any punishment that might otherwise have been imposed. It did not, however, “revise the historical facts” of this case,” U.S. District Judge Susan Ritchie Bolton ruled Thursday.
She included a citation of a federal court’s ruling in her own decision: “The power to pardon is an executive prerogative of mercy, not of judicial record-keeping.“
She quoted Black’s Law dictionary in her ruling, saying the pardon “releases the wrongdoer from punishment and restores the offender’s civil rights without qualification.”
But she then added a further interpretation in her own words: “It does not erase a judgment of conviction, or its underlying legal and factual findings.”
Sheriff Arpaio is a huge target for the Left for several reasons. Before retirement, he was a strict enforcer against illegal immigration in his jurisdiction, making the capture of illegals a top priority. Also, his endorsement and unabashed support from Trump drew even more ire in his direction. His little contempt “crime” is all because he “defied” a ruling of a left-wing judge and continued on rounding up illegals.
Therefore any “crime” he committed is inherent should be null and void to begin with, because the anti-American decision by the judge to try and stop him from protecting his community against illegals had no merit to begin with. But that hasn’t stopped the offending judge and leftists everywhere from acting like he committed some ridiculous crime.
It’s unfortunate that his criminal record will be tainted, but Arpaio and anyone with a shred of common sense knows he did nothing wrong.
Source: Daily Mail