Report: Trump seriously considering a pardon for former Sheriff Joe Arpaio

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President Trump told Fox News he's "seriously considering" pardoning former County sheriff Joe Arpaio. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) President Trump told Fox News he's "seriously considering" pardoning former County sheriff Joe Arpaio. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Arpaio was found guilty of criminal contempt of court. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Arpaio was found guilty of criminal contempt of court. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Arpaio has been a strong supporter of Trump and campaigned for him. (Source: The Associated Press) Arpaio has been a strong supporter of Trump and campaigned for him. (Source: The Associated Press)
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

It's only been two weeks since former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio was found guilty of criminal contempt for defying a judge's order to stop his immigration sweeps, and there's already talk that his conviction may be thrown out.

President Trump told Fox News the following:

"I am seriously considering a pardon for Sheriff Arpaio. He has done a lot in the fight against illegal immigration. He's a great American patriot and I hate to see what has happened to him."

Arpaio reacted to Trump's comments Monday afternoon.

"I really believe he's trying to do the right thing in our justice and judicial system," said Arpaio. "A big injustice has been done against me and he's a pretty straight shooter. I'm not going to turn it down, but I sure did not make any contacts to ask for it."

[RELATED: Arpaio wants to know why Trump has been silent on his case]

Political consultant Jaime Molera said it's a bit unusual for a President to pardon someone so early in their administration, but in this case, it could help Trump politically.

[RAW VIDEO: Hispanic leaders respond as President Trump considers Arpaio pardon]

"It plays well to President Trump's base," said Molera. "Think about it. The folks that voted for him unanimously and the folks that still back the President are the same people that really like what Joe Arpaio did."

[SPECIAL SECTION: Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio]

Activist Lydia Guzman said that if Trump pardons Arpaio, it will be a slap in the face to the Valley's Hispanic community and our entire judicial system.

"Arpaio was guilty of racial profiling, that a lot of folks describe as racism," said Guzman. "If Donald Trump is giving a pardon it will show Donald Trump is accepting that kind of racism."

[RELATED: As Trump considers Arpaio pardon, critics call out president]

[READ MORE: GUILTY: Judge rules in former Sheriff Joe Arpaio's criminal contempt case]

Arpaio said he is not guilty of any crime.

His attorney filed two new motions in court to have the verdict thrown out and ask for a new trial.

[RELATED: Tactics, events that defined Joe Arpaio's career as sheriff]

The 85-year old former sheriff faces a possible six months in jail when he is sentenced Oct. 5.

[RELATED: Joe Arpaio's troubled legacy lingers despite his conviction]

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Jason Barry
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Jason Barry

Jason Barry has been reporting in the Valley since 1997.

He is a nine-time Rocky Mountain Emmy Award winner who is best known for his weekly Dirty Dining reports, which highlight local restaurants with major health code violations.

Jason was born in Los Angeles and graduated from the University of Miami.

An avid sports fan, Jason follows the Diamondbacks, Cardinals and Suns with his wife, Karen, and son, Joshua.

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Jason, started his career at WBTW-TV in Florence, SC before moving to WALA-TV in Mobile, AL, was named the Associated Press Reporter of the Year in 2002.

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