Joe Arpaio, the former sheriff of Arizona’s Maricopa County, attempted to erase his criminal conviction and was denied, according to NY Daily News.
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Thursday that it could not expunge the 87-year-old’s criminal conviction for disobeying a 2011 court order, which barred his traffic patrols from targeting immigrants.
Arpaio argued that his misdemeanor contempt of court conviction should be removed from his record so it could not be held against him in future legal matters.
Despite the court’s ruling, Arpaio claimed victory. “They can’t use that conviction against me in a court of law,” Arpaio said. “That’s a win.”
Arpaio, who lost reelection in 2016 after six terms, was accused of continuing his immigration patrols for over a year to boost his 2012 campaign.
The former lawman was one of the first people to receive a Trump pardon in July 2017.