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Special Prosecutor Appointed to Defend Arpaio Case Ruling

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Tuesday, 17 April 2018 01:32 PM

The Arizona sheriff pardoned by President Donald Trump for racially profiling immigrants in violation of a court order has a new fight on his hands.

The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday appointed a special prosecutor to contest former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's move to vacate his conviction for contempt of court.

A Phoenix judge denied Arpaio's request to erase his conviction entirely, saying in October that the presidential pardon didn't "revise the historical facts of this case." The appeals panel, by a 2-1 vote, said that since the U.S. Justice Department won't defend that ruling, an outside lawyer must be appointed to argue against Arpaio.

The dissenting appeals judge, Richard Tallman, said the ruling sets a bad precedent.

"I fear the majority's decision will be viewed as judicial imprimatur of the special prosecutor to make inappropriate, unrelated and undoubtedly political attacks on presidential authority," he wrote. "We should not be wading into that thicket."

The prosecutor is being appointed because the U.S. Justice Department ultimately overseen by President Donald Trump has refused to defend the judge's ruling.

Arpaio is a Trump ally who is running for a U.S. Senate seat in Arizona and wants his criminal record expunged.

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