Trump Considers Pardon for Ex-Sheriff Arpaio

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President Trump is considering a pardon for former Maricopa County, Az., Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who has been found guilty of criminal contempt of court, the Wall Street Journal reports. “He has done a lot in the fight against illegal immigration,” Trump told Fox News of Arpaio. “He’s a great American patriot and I hate to see what has happened to him.”

Arpaio, an early and ardent backer of Trump, was found guilty last month of criminal contempt for defying a judge’s order to stop conducting immigration patrols in the state. Arpaio, who has insisted he is innocent, said he would accept a pardon, although he stressed he had not sought one. “I know I am not guilty, so I appreciate, and I will accept it” Arpaio said. Last month, U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton ruled that Arpaio “willfully violated” a 2011 court order that prohibited his deputies from stopping and detaining Latinos without reasonable suspicion that a crime had been committed. Arpaio, 85, became known nationally for his aggressive pursuit of undocumented immigrants. Known as “Sheriff Joe”, he served as the sheriff of Maricopa County for 24 years before losing a re-election bid last fall amid mounting legal problems.

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