Trump Calls Sheriff Joe Arpaio an ‘American Patriot,’ States He is ‘Seriously Considering’ Presidential Pardon for Criminal Contempt Charges
Following former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio being found guilty on criminal contempt of court charges two weeks ago, President Trump is now speaking out on the matter and reportedly considering issuing a presidential pardon.
Stating that Arpaio is an ‘American patriot‘ that ‘has done a lot in the fight against illegal immigration,’ President Trump stated Sunday that he also hates to ‘see what has happened to him.’
“I am seriously considering a pardon for Sheriff Arpaio,” President Trump stated bluntly to Fox News.
Arpaio, once nicknamed “America’s toughest sheriff” now faces up to six months in jail for ‘willfully disregarding an Arizona judge’s order’ to stop his controversial policies regarding ‘patrols’ targeting illegal immigrants. He is currently set to be sentenced on October 5th.
According to Fox News, President Trump explained that should he decide to pardon the former sheriff, the announcement would come in the next few days.
Via Fox News
Arpaio, 85, was convicted by U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton of misdemeanor contempt of court for willfully disregarding an Arizona judge’s order in 2011 to stop the anti-immigrant traffic patrols. Arpaio had maintained the law enforcement patrols for 17 months thereafter.
The man who built a controversial national reputation as “America’s toughest sheriff” admitted he prolonged his patrols, but insisted he did not intend to break the law because one of his former attorneys did not explain to him the full measure of restrictions contained in the court order.
He is expected to be sentenced on Oct. 5 and could face up to six months in jail. However, since he is 85 years old and has no prior convictions, some attorneys doubt he will receive any jail time.
Citing his long service as “an outstanding sheriff,” the president said Arpaio is admired by many Arizona citizens who respected his tough-on-crime approach.
“Is there anyone in local law enforcement who has done more to crack down on illegal immigration than Sheriff Joe?” asked Trump. “He has protected people from crimes and saved lives. He doesn’t deserve to be treated this way.”
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