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Trump pardons former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, convicted of contempt of court for violating Latinos' rights

Trump pardons former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, convicted of contempt of court for violating Latinos' rights

President Trump issued an executive pardon Friday to Joe Arpaio, the controversial former Arizona sheriff who was a hero to the right and a national nemesis of Latinos, immigration advocates and civil rights groups.

Arpaio, 85, was convicted in July of criminal contempt for violating a federal court order to stop racially profiling Latinos. He was scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 5 and faced a maximum of six months in jail.

“Sheriff Joe Arpaio is now 85 years old, and after more than 50 years of admirable service to our nation, he is [a] worthy candidate for a presidential pardon,” a statement issued by the White House said.

There was immediate reaction from some of...

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