Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has hit a roadblock in his contempt of court case.
Arpaio had been hoping to have the special prosecutor removed from the case, but the Supreme Court rejected his request.
The ex-sheriff says he is undeterred by the disappointing ruling. “The battle continues, I am not surrendering,” Arpaio announced on Monday.
Arpaio became somewhat of a legend during the 2016 presidential campaign.
Maricopa County is located in Arizona and is a hotbed for illegal immigration.
His tent cities and hardline tactics made national news and painted him as an extremist with a badge. While all of this was going on, Arpaio latched on to the Trump campaign and was embraced by Trump supporters.
In 2017, Arpaio was convicted of contempt of court after a 2013 court order for the department to stop racial profiling in order to find illegal immigrants went unheeded.
Arpaio was eventually pardoned by President Donald Trump.
While the pardon does exempt Arpaio from serving a jail sentence and further prosecution, it did not expunge the contempt conviction.
Arpaio enlisted help from the Justice Department to have the charge vacated. The case ended up in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, so we know how that turned out.
The 9th Circuit Court was responsible for appointing the special prosecutor.
Now that Arpaio’s request has been rejected by the Supreme Court, the case will return to the 9th Circuit, with Christopher Caldwell serving as the special prosecutor.