This ruling was issued Thursday by a three judge panel* of the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in the case United States of America v. Joseph M. Arpaio.
In October 2019, the court heard arguments concerning whether U.S. District Court Judge Susan Bolton erred when she refused to vacate former Maricopa County Sheriff Arpaio’s criminal conviction after President Donald Trump pardoned him.
Judges Jay Bybee, Randy Smith and Daniel Collins noted that although Judge Bolton didn’t technically err when she dismissed Arpaio’s case with prejudice and refused to vacate the verdict after his pardon, the appeals court also ruled that the verdict wasn’t a conviction, since conviction comes at sentencing and Arpaio was never sentenced. As a result there are no future legal consequences to Arpaio, who is currently running to regain his former post as sheriff — one he held for an unprecedented 6-four year terms.
The San Francisco-based Ninth Circuit, which previously held the dubious distinction of being the most overturned, is the largest federal appeals court in the nation encompassing nine states (map).
Though long dominated by repressive (there is nothing “progressive” about leftist ideologues) Democrat judges, President Trump has successfully flipped the court, shifting it to the right, ending decades of far-left domination.
In filling vacancies, Trump has named 10 judges to the 9th Circuit — more than one-third of its active judges — compared with seven appointed by Obama over eight years.
Rational Americans can be thanked for their vigorous effort to elect Donald Trump. He is putting our nation back on track. The Heritage Foundation’s Judicial Appointment Tracker provides comparative information as of February 19 of each president’s fourth year detailing federal judicial appointments made by President Trump and his predecessors going back to Reagan.
*Jay S. Bybee (G.W. Bush nominee) (confirmed 74 -19, 7 not voting)
Randy Smith (G.W. Bush nominee) (confirmed 94 – 0, 6 not voting)
Daniel P. Collins (Trump nominee) (confirmed by a party line vote 53 – 46, 1 not voting)