In an earlier version of this article, the headline incorrectly stated that Joe Arpaio was convicted of racial profiling. He was convicted of disobeying a court order. The story has been corrected.
President Donald Trump has pardoned controversial former Maricopa County, Ariz., Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Trump told Fox News last weekend that he was “seriously considering” a pardon for Arpaio. Arpaio, who was found guilty of criminal contempt for disregarding a court order in a racial profiling case, had been scheduled to be sentenced October 5. Trump has been under fire for blaming “both sides” for a violent white-supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va. two weeks ago. Arpaio, 85, violated a 2011 order barring him and his office from detaining individuals solely based on suspicions about their legal status. At a campaign-style rally in Phoenix, Trump defended Arpaio, saying he was “just doing his job” and suggested then that a pardon of the ex-law enforcer was imminent.