An Arizona federal trial judge should have erased former sheriff Joe Arpaio’s criminal contempt verdict and other rulings after President Donald Trump granted a pardon, the U.S. Justice Department said Wednesday in a statement to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

The Justice Department’s statement was a response to an earlier court order that directed the government to say what position, if any, prosecutors would take in Arpaio’s appeal.

Joe Arpaio.

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