Trump pardons ex-sheriff convicted of defying judge’s order

Joe Arpaio
FILE -This Jan. 9, 2013 file photo shows Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio speaking with the media in Phoenix. Arpaio is scheduled to testify Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015 about his acknowledged disobedience of court orders in a racial profiling lawsuit and a secret investigation that he launched involving the case's judge. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin,File)

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump has pardoned former sheriff Joe Arpaio following his conviction for intentionally disobeying a judge’s order in an immigration case.

The White House announced the move Friday night, saying Joe Arpaio, the 85-year-old ex-sheriff of Arizona’s Maricopa County, was a “worthy candidate” for a presidential pardon.

On twitter, Arpaio tweeted several messages thanking the President for the pardon.

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