A Sheriff, a Mystery Check and a Blogger Who Cried Foul

In Alabama, an official’s use of public funds and behavior toward critics raise questions about the broad powers of American sheriffs.

Trump Eyed ‘Far Higher’ Ratings in Pardoning Joe Arpaio as Hurricane Hit

The president defended the timing of his pardon of the former Arizona sheriff who was convicted of his hard-line tactics against illegal immigration.

Writers on the Right and Left on Trump’s Pardon of Joe Arpaio

Read about how the other side thinks, with opinions from across the political spectrum on President Trump’s pardon of the former Maricopa County, Ariz., sheriff.

News Analysis: Trump’s Brand of Law and Order Leaves Leeway on the Law

President Trump has signaled that taking the law into one’s own hands is permissible, within the executive branch or in local police departments, or even against a heckler at one of his rallies.