Trump pardons ex-Sheriff Joe Arpaio over federal conviction
August 25, 2017
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump spared his ally former Sheriff Joe Arpaio a possible jail sentence on Friday by pardoning his conviction, reversing what critics saw as a long-awaited comeuppance for a lawman who escaped accountability for headline-grabbing tactics during most of his 24 years as metropolitan Phoenix's top law enforcer.
The White House said the 85-year-old ex-sheriff was a "worthy candidate" for a presidential pardon.
"Throughout his time as Sheriff, Arpaio continued his life's work of protecting the public from the scourges of crime and illegal immigration," the W...