Trump Reportedly Considering Pardon For Sheriff Joe Arpaio

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 14, 2017

President Trump says he's considering pardoning former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio who was recently convicted of ignoring a USA court order to stop traffic patrols that targeted immigrants.

Arpaio, the former sheriff of Arizona's Maricopa County and a vocal Trump supporter during the 2016 presidential campaign, spoke at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland last summer on Trump's behalf.

"I am seriously thinking about it", Trump said, according to Fox News.

Earlier this month he was found guilty of criminal contempt for ignoring a court order to stop detaining suspected illegal immigrants. "He's a great American patriot and I hate to see what has happened to him".

The former sheriff endorsed Trump a year ago and appeared with him on the campaign trail. "I would accept the pardon because I am 100 percent not guilty", he said, adding that he does not want to pressure Trump into the pardon.

Arpaio's two-decadeslong tenure as the head of the sheriff's office came to an end in November, when he was defeated by Paul Penzone in the general election.

Arpaio was convicted of a misdemeanour contempt of court by US District Judge Susan Bolton for "wilfully violating" an Arizona judge's order to stop patrols targeting Latino drivers on the suspicion that they were in the US illegally. He faces up to six months in prison at his sentencing, which is scheduled for October 5.

Trump could decide to await the outcome of an appeal by Arpaio's lawyers who contend their client's case should have been decided by a jury, not a judge. A Justice Department spokeswoman said she was not aware of the president's remarks but would wait until action was taken before commenting.

Arpaio told Fox that he was grateful to have the president's support.

"I would never ask him for a pardon", he continued.

Trump has not granted any pardons so far in his presidency.

Gregg Jarrett is a Fox News Anchor and former defense attorney.

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