The former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio has been pardoned by the U.S. President Donald Trump. It’s a move that will keep one of his political allies out of the prison which also supports their perspective on the illegal immigration.
It is an unusual move which is also considered as the usual pardon. Trump pardoned Arpaio after one month when he was convicted, he has been pardoned before his sentencing in October. It will surely affect the not so good relation between the President and the judicial branch which repeatedly creates buzz.
Arpaio has gained the national fame, he has become the more polarizing figure than before. This has become one of the most controversial pardons in the U.S. history which are granted by the President. It is the rare example of President’s power. However, it not unexpectable.
The latest pardon granted by the president is being compared with 1992’s pardon to former defense secretary Caspar Weinberger which was granted by the President George H.W. Bush over Iran-contra affair. The Legal experts also comparing the latest pardon with 2001’s pardon to fugitive financier Marc Rich granted by President Clinton.
Trump said, “Arpaio’s life and career, which began at the age of 18 when he enlisted in the military after the outbreak of the Korean War, exemplify selfless public service.”
“Throughout his time as Sheriff, Arpaio continued his life’s work of protecting the public from the scourges of crime and illegal immigration.”
The statement which reads, “Sheriff Joe Arpaio is now eighty-five years old, and after more than fifty years of admirable service to our Nation, he is worthy candidate for a Presidential pardon.”
Jack Wilenchik, Arpaio’s lawyer said, “Justice has been done.”
Arpaio thanked the U.S. President, Arpaio tweeted, “for seeing my conviction for what it is: a political witch hunt by holdovers in the Obama justice department!”