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Letters to the editor, September 2

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Arpaio pardon a snub to lawyers

Joe Arpaio, ex-sheriff of Phoenix, Arizona, was pardoned by President Trump before he was even formally sentenced for contempt of court. The pardon was controversial, with persons like Sen. John McCain (R.-AZ) denouncing the pardon as contrary to the rule of law. Trump had mentioned the pardon, to rousing applause, at a recent rally.

Contempt of court is disobedience of a lawful court order. Courts claim the right to punish summarily for contempt, but the persons punished often claim they are victims and that judges are scared to risk a jury trial and just want to oppress.

All government is politics. The federal government's executive branch sort of represents the public via the Electoral College. Congress, in the House of Representatives, represents persons in congressional districts and the Senate, entire states. The judicial branch supposedly defends the Constitution but actually just represents the interests of lawyers.

Joe Arpaio was too big a fish to haul in on a contempt charge. His pardon isn't a snub at the rule of law. Rather, it's a slap in the face of uppity lawyers and the Obama administration.

At some point, persons punished for contempt of court may come to be viewed as victims, even heroes, rather than wrongdoers.

Arpaio may run for office, where he could vote to confirm or impeach judges. Take that, rule of law!

Ross Melton, Jr.