possibly they will have the cojones to rule against Trump … Arpaio…

clip_image002..Thank god it is the 9th district court of appeals which is hearing the case as it bodes that possibly they will have the cojones to rule against Trump … Arpaio…


If the court upholds Arpaio’s pardon, Trump

may get even more of a green light to

undermine Mueller


Gabe Ortiz  …Daily Kos Staff …Monday May 14, 2018 · 5:27 PM PDT


Joe Arpaio, the disgraced former sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona, doesn’t just belong in jail, he belongs under it. He could have spent up to six months there after a judge found him guilty of criminal contempt for violating a court order to not racially profile brown drivers, but he can thank his lucky stars that a white supremacist like Donald Trump is in the White House, and there was no way he was going to let a loyal surrogate beloved by deplorables get locked up for violating the rights of brown people.

So, Joe got his pardon and avoided jail. But, there was one more thing Joe wanted and hasn’t so far been able to get, and the ongoing litigation over it could have vast repercussions on other fronts, particularly into Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation. “After his pardon, Arpaio asked the court to vacate the contempt judgement against him. The district court halted its proceedings against Arpaio but refused to clear his record. So Arpaio appealed”:

In the coming months, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals will have an opportunity to review the case and potentially overturn a presidential pardon for the first time in more than a century.

The Trump presidency is already testing the outer bounds of the pardon power in ways never contemplated during past administrations. The multiple criminal investigations into Trump’s campaign, businesses associates, and perhaps the president himself have raised new questions about the scope of the pardon power. Can Trump use it to thwart investigations against him? Could he pardon himself? In Arpaio’s case, Trump has “pardoned someone specifically for flouting judicial authority,” says Lisa Kern Griffin, a professor at the Duke University School of Law, “which may be precisely what he is going to expect some of his associates to do in order to protect him.”

Just last month, Trump pardoned another disgraced hack, former Dick Cheney chief of staff Lewis “Scooter” Libby, who was convicted of lying under oath in 2007. Who else more recently have pled guilty to making false statements and agreed to cooperate with Mueller, according to Daily Kos’s Mark Sumner? Michael Flynn, Rick Gates and George Papadopoulos.

“If the courts uphold the pardon,” Pema Levy reports in Mother Jones, “they could send the message that people caught up in the Russia investigation can refuse to cooperate with court orders without penalty.” If they can get away with it, like Arpaio has done and shameless, uncooperative Trump officials like Paul Manafort probably hope to do, what’s to stop them and Trump from giving it a shot?


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