WASHINGTON, D.C. — Embattled former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio may soon be off the hook on charges of defying a court order courtesy President Donald Trump.
According to a report published Monday by Fox News (http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/08/14/trump-seriously-considering-pardon-for-sheriff-joe-arpaio.html) the president is “seriously considering” pardoning the tough talking 85 year old.
“I am seriously considering a pardon for Sheriff Arpaio,” the president said during an interview at his New Jersey club. “He has done a lot in the fight against illegal immigration. He’s a great American patriot and I hate to see what has happened to him.”
Arpaio, who was found in contempt of court late July for continuing to question Hispanics about their legal status during traffic stops after being ordered not to do so, now faces up to six months behind bars. He is best known for his no nonsense approach to law enforcement during the 24 years he served as Sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona, where inmates under his supervision were ordered to wear pink and sleep in outdoor tents in the often brutal Arizona heat.
Unapologetic for his tough stance toward criminals, Arpaio also banned inmates from possessing “sexually explicit material” including Playboy magazine, reinstituted chain gangs and was known to feed his prisoners a bland diet of bread and water.
“This is jail. Not a country club I’m running,” Arpaio once said.
President Trump said he disagrees with the conviction of Arpaio, who was simply trying to uphold the immigration laws of the land
“Is there anyone in local law enforcement who has done more to crack down on illegal immigration then Sheriff Joe?” Trump asked of Arpaio. “He has protected people from crimes and saved lives. He doesn’t deserve to be treated this way.”
As for when a pardon could be expected, Trump wouldn’t say, but indicated that he may move swiftly to pardon the former sheriff. “I might do it right away, maybe early this week. I am seriously thinking about it,” he said.