White House counsel has prepared, at the request of President Trump, a pardon for former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio that is ready for Trump to sign.
The question is whether President Trump will sign the pardon now, before traveling to Phoenix for a rally at the Phoenix Convention Center on Tuesday, May 22.
Now at 85-years-old, Sheriff Joe Arpaio faces a misdemeanor criminal contempt sentence that could include up to six-months in jail.
Sheriff Joe Arpiao and the President have been friends for some time.
On Monday, Aug. 14, Trump retweeted a Fox and Friends article headlined, “Trump ‘seriously considering’ a pardon for Sheriff Joe Arpaio”. It was a signal to Trump’s base that he did not intend to travel to Arizona for Tuesday’s rally without having first pardoned Arpaio. Trump might even use the Tuesday rally as the stage on which to sign the pardon with Arpaio present, on stage.
The former sheriff said he will continue to be a strong supporter of the president regardless of whether he receives a pardon. But he also voiced concern that a pardon might cause problems for Trump, saying, “I would never ask him for a pardon, especially if it causes heat. I don’t want to do anything that would hurt the president.”
On July 31, U.S. District Judge Susan R. Bolton found Sheriff Joe Arpaio guilty of misdemeanor criminal contempt. She wrote an opinion sthat could have been written before the trial even started. The opinion made it clear her prejudice from the start that Arpaio was guilty of misdemeanor civil contempt guilty conviction.
Arpaio’s attorney, Mark Goldman, explained:
“The court, in its findings of fact and conclusions of law totally ignored all of the overwhelming evidence at trial that exonerated the Sheriff,”
“Most importantly, there was no testimony or other evidence produced that in any way proved that the order was ‘clear and definite’ which it must be in order to prove that the order could be disobeyed in the first place,” he continued.
“Not only did the government fail to prove that the order was clear and definite, we proved that it was not clear and definite,” Goldman insisted. “The government’s own star witness, Tim Casey, admitted under cross-examination that the order was ‘ambiguous.’ Just about every witness testified that the order was misunderstood at the time. No one testified that the order was clear and definite.”
Goldman explained that the Obama Department of Justice had charged Sheriff Joe Arpaio under the wrong statute, both because the statute of limitations had run out on the correct statute and by charging Arpaio under the wrong statute, Judge Bolton could deny him a jury trial.
“There was not testimony that the Sheriff ever told anyone that he was violating or going to violate the order,” he said.
“The government had the FBI and the DOJ working on this case, yet they couldn’t find one person to state that the Sheriff ever suggested that he’d violate the order,” he pointed out.
Sheriff Joe Arpaio became well known for his tough stance on prisoners in his jails, who admired and loved him as well. He handed out pink underwear and did not allow his jails to become places of rest.
He was tough on crime and not afraid to go after illegal aliens.
The left hates him and…well…they hate Trump too… so this won’t change much!
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