Court Refuses To Expunge Joe Arpaio’s Conviction

The Arizona Daily Star reports:

Saying the president can’t erase facts, a federal judge on Thursday rejected a bid by former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio to have all record of his criminal conviction wiped out.

Susan Bolton said she already dismissed the criminal contempt case against Arpaio following the decision by President Trump to issue a pardon. That saved the former sheriff, who had been found guilty, from the possibility of going to jail for up to six months.

But Bolton rebuffed Arpaio’s claim that the pardon also entitled him to have the entire conviction erased. “The power to pardon is an executive prerogative of mercy, not of judicial record-keeping,” Bolton wrote, quoting earlier court precedent.

Trump’s pardon means that Arpaio cannot appeal his conviction, which further opens him up to civil lawsuits from his victims. (Tipped by JMG reader TJ)

  • Gerry Fisher

    I’ll drink to that!

  • joeyj1220
  • bambinoitaliano

    Next he would want to take his pardon to Walmart and spend it like an unlimited gift card. Sheesh…the greed that some people possessed is bottomless.

    • Todd20036

      And I’ve come across some greedy bottoms!

  • Eric Lewis

    Good. This means it will be easier to win civil lawsuits against him (I hope)

    • Gustav2

      This preserves the record of the testimony.

      • ben-andy

        And he cannot take the 5th either. He’s already been judged “guilty” and there won’t be any further criminal punishment of that crime. And if he won’t, the crime will again be “contempt of court, but in a different case, so Herr Drumpf would have to pardon him all over again, but he can’t pardon him for crimes in a CIVIL lawsuit. The man will spend the rest of his life in the dock, defending himself.

  • DaddyRay

    I hope Arpaios gets sued into bankruptcy several times over

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      Didn’t something happen to his wife like cancer or something, and they had to rely on Medicaid ? He was against Obama care and then had to do a GoFundMe to help with bills

      • Mikey Ruck

        the GoFundMe was for LEGAL bills. his wife does have cancer, but they’re both in their 80s, and have Medicare.

        • Achilles Tsakiridis

          and death is around the corner . yay

    • iambu

      And publicly!

    • ted-

      Isn’t he already one foot in the grave now?

  • kelven
  • YeOldePickyPeckereth

    OT: This just in from PMJ. The girl’s got pipes! Good way to begin a Friday. Thought I’d share. Enjoy!

    • olandp

      I remember hearing about a cover of Smells Like Teen Spirit in the style of Julie Andrews. Has anyone ever heard it, or is it just myth?

      • Mikey

        I found a reference to it, but the audio track had been removed.

    • Bluto
      • Paula

        Do you suppose that chicken had nothing better to do that day than ride a Roomba around?

        • clay

          it’s not getting to the other side of the road that way.

        • Reality.Bites

          That’s not a Roomba. That’s an experimental self-driving car.

          I’ll never get one now that I know they’re tested on animals.

          • ZRAinSWVA

            If that’s a car, then that’s a damn big chicken! Run away…!

      • netxtown

        oh nos….it’s hi-tech cock….

      • -M-

        I for one welcome the cyborg chicken overlords.

  • olandp


  • BearEyes

    Nice slap down

  • Christopher
  • Bluto
    • John Ruff

      That wrestler is so hot.

    • Tawreos

      How sexually frustrated must a guy be to come up with that as a use for his penis?

  • Mickey Bitsko
    • YeOldePickyPeckereth

      Ahh, yes. The rare and endagered Jackalope. My grandpa actually had a taxidermist plaque of one on his office wall – fascinated us kids (don’t ask).

      • scorpiomike

        Jackalope Brewing in Nashville has several of these.

      • Mickey Bitsko

        Cool! I remember those growing up in Tucson in the 60s and 70s.

    • Reality.Bites

      OK, the Jackalope, being mythical, can be any size, but why is that man six or seven times taller than the cattle?

      • OdieDenCO

        cause he’s smoking a Marlboro.

      • clay

        forced perspective


      • djcoastermark

        The Jolly Green Giant has a brother ( or boyfriend ) ?

    • Jefe5084

      The jackalope officially has antelope horns, but is often pictured with white tailed deer or mule deer antlers. Behold the statue in Douglas, Wyoming, “home of the jackalope.” Two common creatures of the Wyoming prairies.

  • DJ John Bear

    His criminal conviction should follow him to the grave…

  • DaddyRay

    Shades of things to come for the entire Trump crime family

  • worstcultever

    Nice news. Hope he’s hounded, besieged, and bankrupted by lawsuits right up to the last second of his miserable life.

    • Rocco


  • John Ruff

    That record’s not going away, fucker. You’re convicted. Deal with it, asshole.

  • Pablo Sánchez
  • Tawreos

    Once they lawsuits start coming he will spend the rest of his life in court and he will probably be wishing he had been able to go to jail

    • Reality.Bites

      Well if he’d gone to jail the lawsuits would still come plus he’d have gone to jail.

      This is better. Not only does he not go to jail, but with the right jury (morons) he can bring up the presidential pardon as evidence that “good people, the best people” think he did noting wrong.

  • bambinoitaliano

    You have to wonder a criminal who finally get caught in his 80’s, what other heinous act he did in previous decades. And to have the fucking luck of a timing, receiving a pardon from another criminal to avoid jail time. Karma is certainly waited far too long to pay him a visit.

    • canoebum

      I have absolutely no doubt he and his deputies have buried many “missing” people in the desert. “Juan? After we released him we don’t know where he went. Maybe he went back to Mexico. Try looking there”.

  • Alessar

    I was told that accepting a pardon constitutes a legal admission of guilt.

    • Karl Dubhe

      Which, I hear, will make civil suits much easier.

    • Mike C

      You also surrender the right to take the 5th.

      • ECarpenter

        Where is that in the Constitution? It’s completely made up, you need to be a little more sckeptical about your news sources. .

    • (((GC)))

      I read that it depends. Pardons are occasionally given to correct a miscarriage of justice. That is so clearly NOT the case here!

    • ECarpenter

      You can’t accept or reject a presidential pardon. It is not something you have any control over. The President pardons – and that’s it.

      State governors’ pardons may vary in their implications.

  • bsinps

    I’m especially happy about the outcome of Joe Arpaio’s. A couple of years ago, He threatened me after writing an online comment during his court troubles in Arizona. Of course I’m out of his jurisdiction as I live in California.
    So yeah I’m ecstatic that he has to live the rest of his Fukn life with this huge criminal record on his back. Fu Joe Arpaio, FU!!!

    I’m going to celebrate with a bottle of sparking wine today!!

    • clay

      . . . and writing an online comment, this morning!


      • bsinps

        Yes I am writing an online comment this morning. Thank you Clay for pointing that out. 🙂

        • clay

          1st Amendment win!

  • Rocco

    Love this. Would have paid money to see the old gasbag’s face when he heard the news.…lol

    • Uncle Mark

      I’m sure thee news made his pink underwear brown

    • 2guysnamedjoe

      Would’ve loved to see Arpaio’s face, too.

      • Rocco


  • JT

    Court Refuses To Expunge Joe Arpaio’s Conviction

    The judge: In reality, it is Arpaio, not his conviction, that should be expunged.

    • Palmer

      Time is taking care of that for us.

  • OdieDenCO

    this was the second new item on NPR I heard this AM. It was a great start to the day!

    • KarenAtFOH

      I’ll take any glimmer of good news today.

  • liondon#iamnotatraitor

    ….but he’s white.

    • RoFaWh

      With a surname like Arpaio?

      • liondon#iamnotatraitor

        Italian is white.

        • stuckinthewoods

          Yes, unfortunately Arpaio does appear to be of Italian descent. His parents were born in Lacedonia, Italy. Interestingly, this investigator (link) found that his father self-reported as naturalized on the 1930 and 1940 censuses but she couldn’t find any evidence of that being true. In other words, this anti-immigrant felon’s father may have been illegal himself. Joe’s children seem not to be as horrible as their father.

        • -M-

          That probably still depends on who you ask.

  • clay

    Okay, regarding Joe’s pick of a photo– how does this merit a Fox News Alert? We all know it’s NOT because they’re warning brownish people that he’s on the loose.

  • DesertSun59

    The victims still have to spend gobs of money to ‘open him up to civil lawsuits’. I’ll bet gobs that of the thousands he detained in slave-like conditions have no time, energy or money to pursue such a thing.

    • Barry William Teske

      I would whole heartedly donate as much as I can to the pursuit, just say where and who and I am in. If no replies to this then I am ONIT!

  • Beto
  • rednekokie

    All tRump’s pardon means is that the SOB got away with it —
    Never should anyone forget what he did to people for so many years.
    The public record should always remain just that.

  • Elsewhere1010

    Let the civil suits begin.

  • anne marie in philly

    that fat white racist fuck’s ass belongs IN JAIL! good for the judge!

  • JWC

    Hehehe Donny’s smart assed pardon may bite this old reprobate in the ass yet

  • Ninja0980

    Time to file some lawsuits!

  • Jean-Marc in Canada


    that is all.

  • BobSF_94117

    Had he not been pardoned, the conviction would have furthered civil suits against him. With the pardon, the conviction still does that but juries may be more prone to penalize him since he got away without serving time.

    At least that’s what I hope happens.

  • SDG

    Ha! So… what does THIS mean?