The Hispanic Institute

Helping an Early Supporter, Trump Pardons Arpaio

-- by Matt Schuman,

Donald Trump issued the first pardon of his presidency Friday night, absolving the 85-year-old former Maricopa County, Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio of a conviction of criminal contempt of court.

A federal judge ruled in July that Arpaio had defied a court order to stop profiling Latinos for detention based solely on suspicions about their immigration status.

The White House announced the news in a statement titled “President Trump Pardons Sheriff Joe Arpaio,” emailed to reporters a minute past 8 p.m. ET on Friday:

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