A New York newspaper has published a lengthy article titled ‘The United States’ Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has just confirmed President Donald Trump’s decision to pardon former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio.
The Washington Post’s editorial board wrote in its review that the decision to overturn a federal judge’s decision granting Arpaio’s request to stay out of jail, should be seen as a sign of Trump’s willingness to do anything to defend his policies.
“Mr. Trump, as president of the United States, must decide whether to defend himself or uphold a political judgment he is obligated to make, no matter how wrong it may be,” the editorial reads.
“The courts should decide that this is a decision to uphold the Constitution or the law.”
Trump has long made Arpaio a political punching bag, often accusing him of criminal offenses related to the deportation of immigrants and Latinos, among other things.
Arpaio, who has been convicted on two felonies, has been in prison since January 2017, when he was sentenced to four years and six months.
He served only seven months in the Arizona jail, during which time he was charged with a number of misdemeanors.
On Tuesday, Judge Richard Leon found that Arpaio’s criminal case against him is “not so compelling” to remain in jail.
He also found that he violated the U.S. Constitution by trying to prevent the Department of Justice from carrying out a deportation order.
As the president of Arizona, Arpaio had access to federal funds, including millions of dollars in grants from the Justice Department, and his office helped oversee the arrests of immigrants in Phoenix.
Arpaio also led an effort to keep undocumented immigrants out of the country, which ultimately resulted in more than 300 deaths.
The decision to revoke Arpaio’s bond was made at the urging of Arpaio’s attorney, David Boies, who argued that his client’s record of crimes was not so serious as to merit a sentence of more than 10 years.
Arpaio was found guilty on a variety of felony charges, including criminal contempt and lying to a federal officer.
He was convicted of lying to the FBI about the scope of his illegal immigration operations.
Boies was also convicted of criminal contempt for allegedly obstructing a federal investigation into his office.
The former sheriff has maintained that he was merely exercising his constitutional rights, not violating them.
While Trump has been critical of the judges who upheld Arpaio’s convictions, the president has also repeatedly praised Arpaio for his work as a sheriff.
During the 2016 campaign, Trump said that Arpaio “had to be given a lot of credit for the way he ran the jail” during his time as sheriff.
Arpaio did not immediately respond to a request for comment.