Trump faces bipartisan backlash for pardoning ex-sheriff Joe Arpaio

by Antonio Miles August 27, 2017, 0:36
Trump faces bipartisan backlash for pardoning ex-sheriff Joe Arpaio

Arpaio was found guilty of criminal contempt last month for his defiance of a judge's order against prolonging traffic patrols targeting immigrants.

The White House issued a statement praising Arpaio's career and character. "DT is so incredibly not racist he just pardoned Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who is racist". The NAACP, the nation's oldest and largest civil right groups, said Trump should be using his pardon power for people who, unlike Arpaio, are "apologetic for their crimes". Justice Department guidelines say pardon requests shouldn't be made until five years have passed between a conviction or completion of a sentence.

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.

Preet Bharara, former attorney for the Southern District of NY who was sacked by President Trump himself in March, tweeted: "Bill Clinton's pardon of Mark Rich stunk to high heaven".

Arpaio's is Trump's first pardon, but hundreds of other people also want his help.

The White House legal team had also advised Mr. Trump to wait until Arpaio was sentenced, saying the sentence could be lenient and not include any jail time for Arpaio. "The president has the authority to make this pardon, but doing so at this time undermines his claim for the respect of rule of law as Mr. Arpaio has shown no remorse for his actions". I am not at all surprised that this president has taken the action that he has, but just because he could do it doesn't make it right, and it's not.

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He frequently appeared on the campaign trail with Mr Trump and was among his earliest supporters - describing him as "the law-and-order candidate". "But Sheriff Joe can feel good", Mr. Trump added.

In a statement, Stanton says Arpaio received "a fair trial and a justifiable conviction" and there's nothing President Donald Trump can do "to change that very bad legacy and the stain he has left on our community". Kelli Ward, who supports Arpaio's pardon, which could become an issue in the race. During his time in office President Barack Obama granted 212 pardons and commuted the sentences of approximately 1,700 people, including about 300 drug offenders he pardoned on his last day in office and Chelsea Manning, the transgender Army intelligence officer convicted of leaking more than 700,000 US documents.

Arpaio earned a national profile by acting aggressively to arrest immigrants in the US illegally, including tactics that Latino and immigrants' rights advocates said were akin to racial profiling.

Both politicians questioned the authenticity of then-President Barack Obama's birth certificate and have a similar history in sparring with judges.

Governor Doug Ducey released a statement supporting the President's decision.

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