Trump pardons former Sheriff Joe Arpaio

“President Donald Trump has pardoned controversial former sheriff Joe Arpaio of his conviction for criminal contempt,” CNN is reporting.

“Arpaio, who was a sheriff in Maricopa County, Arizona, was found guilty of criminal contempt last month for disregarding a court order in a racial profiling case. Arpaio’s sentencing had been scheduled for October 5.

“‘Not only did (Arpaio) abdicate responsibility, he announced to the world and to his subordinates that he was going to continue business as usual no matter who said otherwise,’ wrote US District Judge Susan Bolton in the July 31 order.

“Trump indicated he would pardon Arpaio at a rally in Phoenix, Arizona, on Tuesday: ‘I won’t do it tonight because I don’t want to cause any controversy.’

“‘I’ll make a prediction,’ Trump said, adding, ‘I think he’s going to be just fine.’

However, civil rights groups have pushed back against the possibility of Arpaio’s pardon. ‘After Trump’s comments at the Phoenix rally, the ACLU tweeted: ‘President Trump should not pardon Joe Arpaio. #PhoenixRally #noarpaiopardon,’ accompanied with a graphic that reads, ‘No, President Trump. Arpaio was not ‘just doing his job.’ He was violating the Constitution and discriminating against Latinos.'”

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Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.

4 thoughts on “Trump pardons former Sheriff Joe Arpaio”

  1. Our US Senator continued her national climb to fame but stating that Joe should NOT be pardoned because he committed a crime. Wonder if she thinks ALL presidential pardons should be reversed?

    1. Why would you post an imbecilic straw man like that. Each time you post I think less and less of you, if that’s even possible. My God, you are something else.

  2. This pardon amounts to a green light for racism. It says that donald trump, POTUS, condones racism and will pardon those who willfully break the law while violating the civil rights of people of color. trump seems to have no idea of the consequences of his actions. He needed some adulation from his cadre of morons to bolster his fragile ego after sucking canal water over the last couple of weeks. What better way to get some cheers than to pardon sheriff joe, hero of racists, bigots, nazis and white supremacists everywhere.

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