Congressional Democrats want Arpaio pardon declared invalid

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PHOENIX (AP) -

A group of Democrats in Congress have asked the judge in Joe Arpaio's criminal case to declare his recent pardon to be invalid.

The 33 Democrats filed a friend-of-the-court brief Wednesday in Phoenix arguing that the pardon issued by President Donald Trump on Aug. 25 is an invalid encroachment by the president on the power of the courts.

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The Democrats join three legal advocacy groups in asking Judge Susan Bolton to declare the pardon invalid or unconstitutional.

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Arpaio's attorneys have asked Bolton to formally dismiss Arpaio's criminal case and throw out a blistering 14-page ruling that explained the reasoning behind his guilty verdict.

The pardon spared the 85-year-old lawman a possible jail sentence for his conviction for intentionally disobeying a court order in an immigration case.

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