Aug 25, 2017 by DML
— President Donald J.Trump issued a presidential pardon to Joe Arpaio on Friday.
The former Sheriff of Maricopa County, Ariz., is 85 years old. He was recently found guilty of criminal contempt for defying a judge’s order to stop traffic patrols that allegedly targeted Latinos who were thought to be illegal aliens.
Arpaio had been charged with misdemeanor contempt of court for allegedly willfully defying a judge’s order in 2011 and prolonging his patrols for another 17 months.
He was expected to be sentenced on Oct. 5 and faced up to six months in jail if convicted.
“Sheriff Joe Arpaio is now eighty-five years old, and after more than fifty years of admirable service to our Nation, he is worthy candidate for a Presidential pardon,” the White House said in a statement.
In 2009, Arpaio stated he had arrested 30,000 illegal immigrants since starting his efforts in 2005.
Earlier this week, Trump was asked by Rep. Biggs (R – AZ) to pardon Arpaio, who has served in law enforcement since 1950. Biggs asked the president to honor Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s service and to show his gratitude by pardoning him.
“Mr. President, Sheriff Arpaio deserves to live out the rest of his days in peace and confidence that he did his part to uphold the laws of his country. He should not be facing a jail sentence or any form of punishment. I respectfully encourage you to follow through with your intentions to pardon Sheriff Joe Arpaio and to convey a message of gratitude for his distinguished record of service to this country,” Biggs wrote in a letter to Trump.
Responding to the news, Dennis Michael Lynch, CEO of DML NEWS, who knows Arpaio, said, “Two years ago Arpaio was the special guest at an event in Arizona. That event was in my honor. Joe stood on stage and told the crowd of 800 people that I was a true patriot. I will never forget that moment. Last week, I sent a letter to the president asking him to pardon the sheriff — so many people did the same — I am happy he listened to the voices who want to see the sheriff live out his years in peace. Even without the letters, Trump would have done it because he’s a good man.”
Last week, DML NEWS ran a poll asking our readers if they want President Trump to pardon Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Over 10,000 voted in the poll, and 97% of the people who did said “yes.”
Two weeks ago, DML NEWS published a blast email sent out by Sheriff Joe Arpaio calling upon American citizens to help him with his legal fees. The post was shared on DML’s website nearly 50,000 times, and more than 6,000 times on the DML Facebook page.
Here is the email from Sheriff Joe Arpaio:
Dennis Michael Lynch,
You will not believe this. I still can’t.
I was just found guilty of criminal contempt of court.
After fighting a years-long legal battle in a case that stemmed from my outspoken stance against illegal immigration, a judge ruled this week that I am guilty of failing to follow a temporary court order that prohibited me and my deputies from arresting or detaining illegal aliens that were not suspects in a state crime.We abided by that order. Period.
Sadly, during a bench trial the judge disagreed and found me guilty. I cannot tell you how disappointed I am in the judge’s ruling. We presented a solid case which proved beyond a reasonable doubt that never did I or my deputies do anything wrong.
The sentencing is set for early October where I could face up to SIX MONTHS in jail because I COOPERATED with federal law enforcement agencies when we encountered illegal aliens. . .
Ironically, today the current Department of Justice is going after local law enforcement agencies that DON’T COOPERATE with the federal government on the issue of enforcing illegal alien laws!
But make no mistake; I intend to fight this ruling. I am working with my attorneys now on an appeal, and I will demand a jury of my peers that I was entitled to – yet denied – at the onset of this trial.
After refusing to let a jury decide the case, the judge did not even face me to read the verdict in court. Frankly, this shakes my faith in the integrity of the entire judicial process. ‘
I spent my entire career upholding the U.S. Constitution and protecting my community – the idea that I have been found guilty of misdemeanor criminal contempt because I cooperated with federal law enforcement agencies is baffling.
How did we arrive at a point where law enforcement officials face jail time but illegal immigrants get a free pass?
Please join me in this fight by making a much-needed contribution today. I swear to you I will continue to fight this all the way to the Supreme Court if I have to – but I must have your help!
Thank you for everything,
– Sheriff Joe Arpaio
Maricopa County, Arizona