The U.S. Supreme Court just issued a major decision in a high-profile case. They made it final, and people are stunned.
Joe Arpaio, the former sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona, was dealt a blow when the Supreme Court sided with a lower court ruling that will keep a special prosecutor in place.
After President Trump rightly pardoned Sheriff Arpaio, he sought to get his guilty verdict for contempt of court removed and challenged the appointment of a special prosecutor.
However, the Supreme Court allowed the lower court ruling to stand — thereby keeping the verdict on his record and leaving the appointment unchallenged.
Strangely enough, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, who made the special prosecutor appointment, had no authority to do so because it supplanted the DOJ’s jurisdiction.
This is a case Arpaio’s lawyers made, and the DOJ agreed — yet the DOJ also asked the Supreme Court not to intervene. The justices agreed. Arpaio’s presidential pardon remains in force, though, and he won’t be sentenced for making immigration arrests against a court order.
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