The contempt conviction is a misdemeanor offense that could have put the former sheriff behind bars for up to six months, the New York Times reported.
Just as stunning is that he did it without any discussions with the Department of Justice, which isn't protocol. And former state Rep. Stacey Abrams called Arpaio a "sadist" who was "rewarded by a presidential pardon".
"The pardon was a slap to those who worked through the judicial system to make Arpaio accountable, too", the editorial board of The Arizona Republic argued.
And he noted that Arpaio "was found guilty of criminal contempt" for illegally profiling Latinos living in Arizona "based on their perceived immigration status in violation of a judge's orders". "Sheriff Joe is my friend, and now he, Ava and their family can move on and enjoy their retirement together", said Governor Ducey.
"I'll make a prediction", Trump said, adding, "I think he's going to be just fine". "He kept Arizona safe!"
Thomas A. Saenz, president and general counsel of MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund) said in a statement to PoliticusUSA, "The Latino community will remember this Friday night torchlight pardon - in history and at the next election".
Despite Trump's praise, critics have said Arpaio's persecution of illegal immigration promoted racial profiling.
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He says Arpaio should not be allowed to walk away from his civil liability and he should reimburse county taxpayers. He ran and won a campaign to become Sheriff of Maricopa County.
Joe Arpaio, 85, was found guilty of wilfully violating a 2011 injunction barring his Arizona officers from stopping and detaining Latino motorists exclusively on suspicion they were in the U.S. illegally.
In a statement, Stanton says Arpaio received "a fair trial and a justifiable conviction" and there's nothing President Donald Trump can do "to change that bad legacy and the stain he has left on our community". This is not a proud day for Phoenix, but I'm proud that our city is moving on and moving forward from the diverseness that defined the Arpaio era.
Speaking to Reuters, the former head of the Department of Justice's civil rights division, Vanita Gupta, said that the pardon sent "a risky message that a law enforcement officer who abused his position of power and defied a court order can simply be excused by a President who himself clearly does not respect the law".
"Arpaio's life and career, which began at the age of 18 when he enlisted in the military after the outbreak of the Korean War, exemplify selfless public service".
The news came two hours before Harvey made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane along the Texas coastline.
Thanking the president, Mr Arpaio said his conviction was "a political witch hunt by holdovers in the Obama justice department".