Friday, August 18, 2017

Rep. Trent Franks calls for President Trump to pardon former Sheriff Joe Arpaio

Contact:  Mitchell Hailstone
   (202) 225-4576

A Legacy Of Law and Order Deserves Better
Washington, D.C. – According to recent reports, President Donald Trump may soon issue a pardon for Joe Arpaio, the former sheriff found guilty for defying a state judge’s order to stop traffic patrols targeting suspected undocumented immigrants. Arpaio continued the law enforcement patrols for 17 months after the 2011 order was issued. The former sheriff explains he did not intend to break the law – he misunderstood the full measure of restrictions contained in the order. In reaction to the possible presidential pardon, Congressman Trent Franks issued the following statement:

“Sheriff Arpaio has been a long-respected member of the law enforcement community who has dedicated his life to keeping Arizona communities safe. He has no prior convictions, no criminal record, no record of wrongs. In his twilight years, he deserves to retire peacefully and enjoy the satisfaction of a hard-earned and honorable retirement.
“Let us have an honest moment – this has been a political prosecution from the beginning. The real reason Arpaio is in legal trouble right now is because a Clinton-appointed judge decided to issue a judgment that contradicted every single witness that testified in the case.
“Pardoning Sheriff Arpaio would be celebrated by Arizonans that appreciate and respect a man who has accomplished so much for law and order in our state. It would absolutely be the right thing for President Trump to pardon Sheriff Joe.”

Congressman Trent Franks is serving his eighth term in Congress and sits on the House Judiciary Committee and is the former chairman of the Subcommittee on Civil Justice and the Constitution.

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