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    In this Dec. 18, 2013, file photo, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio speaks at a news conference at Maricopa County Sheriff's Office Headquarters in Phoenix

    Trump 'Seriously' Considers Pardoning Ex-Sheriff Who Illegally Targeted Migrants

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    US President Donald Trump said in an interview that he is seriously considering a pardon for former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio who was found guilty of violating a court order for targeting suspected undocumented immigrants in traffic raids.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The 85-year-old who has been called "America's toughest sheriff," was convicted for willfully disregarding a judge's order in 2011 to stop anti-immigrant traffic patrols.

    "I am seriously considering a pardon for Sheriff Arpaio," Trump stated in an interview with Fox News.

    "He has done a lot in the fight against illegal immigration. He’s a great American patriot and I hate to see what has happened to him."

    Trump noted that the pardon could come in the next few days.

    Arpaio's sentencing is scheduled for October 5 and he could face up to six months in jail.

    Arpaio, 83, is known for forcing inmates to live in tents and wear pink underwear under Arizona’s sweltering 115 degree temperatures. 

    The racial profiling case against the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office cost Arizona taxpayers over $60 million in legal defense fees.


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