The Wall Street Journal: Trump pardons former sheriff Joe Arpaio

WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump Friday granted a pardon to Joe Arpaio, the former sheriff of Maricopa County, Ariz., who was convicted last month of disobeying a federal court order to halt immigration raids.

Trump hinted on Tuesday night in a rally in Phoenix that a pardon could be forthcoming.

Arpaio generated a national reputation for his rigid approach to criminal justice, including efforts to combat illegal immigration. He was convicted of violating a 2011 court order to halt immigration raids.

In announcing the pardon, the White House cited Arpaio’s long stints in law enforcement and the military, which it said “exemplify selfless public service.

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