Special Prosecutor Appointed to Defend Arpaio Case Ruling

A special prosecutor will be appointed to defend a court ruling that dismissed the now-pardoned criminal case against former metro Phoenix Sheriff Joe Arpaio but did not erase his criminal record from his conviction for disobeying a 2011 court order to halt traffic patrols targeting immigrants.

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Trump Pardons ‘America’s Sheriff’ Arpaio, Convicted of Defying Judge

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.

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Trump Says He May Pardon Joe Arpaio: ‘a Great American Patriot’

President Donald Trump said he may pardon former Sheriff Joe Arpaio for his criminal contempt of court conviction for racially profiling Latinos in defiance of a federal judge’s order, because Arpaio is “a great American patriot” who “has done a lot in the fight against illegal immigration.”

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