Acceding to a controversial pardon from President Donald Trump, a federal judge has dismissed the criminal contempt of court case against former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio for defying a court order to stop profiling Latinos, multiple local news reports said.
U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton tossed out the case against the 85-year-old ex-lawman with prejudice, meaning it cannot be reinstituted.
However, the judge issued no immediate ruling on Arpaio’s request that all rulings in the case be formally vacated. She took that issue under advisement, the Associated Press reported.
Arpaio was not present at the hearing.
Several liberal groups and a set of more than 30 Democratic members of Congress had argued that Trump’s pardon was invalid and Bolton should ignore it.