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The criminal conviction grew out of a lawsuit filed a decade ago charging that the sheriff’s office regularly violated the rights of Latinos, stopping people based on racial profiling, detaining them based solely on the suspicion that they were in the country illegally and turning them over to the immigration authorities.

Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/25/us/politics/joe-arpaio-trump-pardon-sheriff-arizona.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=first-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=0


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  1. George Grumbach says:

    In addition to showing outright approval of racial profiling, the pardon shows contempt for the judiciary. Trump pardoned Arpaio for his crime of criminally defying a direct order by a federal court, which happened to be not to engage in racial profiling. No doubt Trump considers his pardon a “two-fer” — since with one pardon he was able both to incite racists and slap a federal judge in the face. Disgusting pandering. But as long as his “base” eats it up, it will continue.

  2. Leonard Quart says:

    Nothing is beyond Trump as he reinforces his base. He has never adhered to the law in the past.

  3. Chris Thomas says:

    So would either of you please explain (justify) the pardon of Chelsea Manning… yours is a hypocritical reference to supporting a political base.

    1. Joseph Method says:

      Obama pardoned Manning at the end of his second term; Manning didn’t play any role in getting him elected so there was no sense of quid pro quo; Manning has criticized Obama since being pardoned because he still had to undergo years of solitary confinement; and, finally, it was the right thing to do.

      1. Steve Farina says:

        So….Marc Rich then.
        Really, I don’t agree with racial profiling, but pandering to one’s political base (or flat out finacial supporters) is not new.
        Maybe more focus should be spent on the new EO reversing President Obama’s restrictions on the militarization of local police forces…

  4. Joseph Method says:

    Steve, everything isn’t equivalence and finding examples of past hypocrisy doesn’t negate current wrongs. Clinton pardoned a financial supporter at the end of his second term. He came in for plenty of criticism on that and it’s viewed as one of the many blemishes on his presidency. That doesn’t change the fact that pardoning Arpaio is a dangerous signal and an erosion of norms, so no we shouldn’t drop it and focus on something else.

    Why it’s dangerous: this is a pardon in the *first year* of a presidency; by a president under active investigation for obstruction of justice; of a person who wasn’t convicted of tax evasion like Marc Rich but rather of contempt of court for violating an order from the previous administration’s Justice Department; where there is no real dispute of the underlying facts or contrition on the part of the pardoned; it’s reasonable to assume that this is a signal to people in his orbit like Michael Flynn and Paul Manafort that he will use the pardon power to protect them as long as they keep their mouths shut. You can pretend that this is business as usual, but it is far, far from it.

    1. Steve Farina says:

      Joseph, you make some good points worthy of consideration and contemplation. However, ss for past wrongs, hypocrisy, etc… Arpaio was engaged in these activities at a time when the previous administration’s Justice Department was providing fully automatic weaponry to Mexican drug cartels. Those guns were then used in the murder of US Border Patrol agents. So yes, every thing isn’t equivalence.
      Article 2, section 2 of the Constitution of the United States of America gives the President the power to pardon. It is unequivocal. He does not need to check with anyone, ask for remorse or regret, or gain your or anyone else’s approval. It is fully the prerogative of his position.

  5. George Grumbach says:

    Adding to what Joseph Method wrote, the pardon is also a signal that Arpaio’s underlying misbehavior of denying civil rights to immigrants, including blacks and Latinos, was praiseworthy and will be condoned when other law enforcement officials misbehave in a similar manner.

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