Critics believe the pardon was too politically motivated.
President Donald Trump’s pardon of Joe Arpaio is legal, but circumvents the legal process, says former Arizona Attorney General Grant Woods.
Woods believes the timing of the pardon – after conviction but before sentencing – undermines due process of the law. Typically, presidential pardons are issued after the legal process runs its course.
Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio was convicted of criminal contempt of court last July, but issued a pardon by the president in August, before Arpaio had the opportunity to appeal the conviction.
“Generally you would have due process,” said Woods. “You have your right to your day in court, he had his day in court. He lost.”