PHOENIX (AP) - The federal judge in former Sheriff Joe Arpaio's now-pardoned criminal case has refused a request to throw out a ruling that explained her reasoning in finding the lawman guilty of a crime.
Judge Susan Bolton said Thursday that a pardon doesn't erase a conviction or the facts of a case.
Arpaio wanted the ruling thrown out in a bid to clear his name and prevent it from being used in future court cases as an example of a prior bad act.
Bolton says President Donald Trump's pardon only mooted Arpaio's possible punishment.
The conviction stemmed from Arpaio's disobedience of a court order to stop his immigration patrols.
Bolton had previously ruled the pardon would stand and dismissed the case.
Arpaio attorney Jack Wilenchik says Thursday's decision will be appealed.