Former Ariz. sheriff, pardoned by Trump, insists conviction was political

27 August, 2017, 00:37 | Author: Ora Austin
  • US President Donald Trump has pardoned former Arizona sheriff and political ally Joe Arpaio

In a post on Twitter, Democratic New York Senator Chuck Schumer accused President Trump of "using the cover of the storm" - Hurricane Harvey - to "pardon a man who violated a court order to stop discriminating against Latinos". Sheriff Joe Arpaio targeted and terrorized Latino families because of the color of their skin.

- Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) August 26, 2017Every one of you WH staffers owns this disgusting unamerican racist pro-authoritarian gesture forever like it was tattooed on your forehead. But they said nothing when Barack Obama pardoned scores of terrorists and convicted felons from the detention camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (a.k.a. - "Gitmo").

By pardoning Arpaio, Trump made it clear that institutional racism is not just OK with him. In a statement Friday evening, the White House said that Arpaio, the ex-Maricopa County sheriff, is a "worthy candidate for a presidential pardon".

Arpaio, known as "American's Toughest Sheriff" had a reputation for his treatment of illegal immigrants. Pardoned without sentence having been imposed and without having pursued an appeal in order to demonstrate his asserted innocence, Joe Arpaio will go down in history as a federal convict whose misdeeds required presidential intervention; there is no vindication for Arpaio in what transpired on Friday night.

Liberals were furious that President Trump pardoned a law enforcement officer for trying to enforce immigration laws. And former state Rep. Stacey Abrams called Arpaio a "sadist" who was "rewarded by a presidential pardon". I'll make a prediction.

Considering the paper serves the population that is most familiar with Arpaio lengthy tenure as sheriff, the board's takedown of the pardon probably holds more weight than any other analysis that is out there.

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The controversial sheriff, whose tactics have been widely condemned by immigrant rights groups, was set to be sentenced in October to up to six months in jail. The negative attention continued as it was obvious that Donald Trump and his opponents were not going to get on the same page at anytime in the near future.

Article II, Section 2, Clause 1 of the Constitution says: "The President ... shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offences against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment".

As part of a lawsuit, a U.S district court judge in 2011 enjoined Arpaio from holding people he believed were living here illegally and who weren't charged with any crimes, the Washington Post reports.

Flake's primary rival, Kelli Ward, by contrast backed the decision: "We applaud the President for exercising his pardon authority to counter the assault on Sheriff Joe's heroic efforts to enforce the nation's immigration laws". Arpaio and his office had been ordered not to detain people exclusively because they thought they might be in the country illegally.

Obama pardoned 212 individuals during his eight-year term, with the majority of those in his final weeks in office, according to the Justice Department. But years of legal issues and related costs took a toll on his political power at home, and he was handily defeated by a Democrat in the 2016 election.


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