“It’s dangerous to have people actively undermining [the judiciary].”
Woods, a Republican, said the pardon was unusual because one was not typically granted unless the person had exhausted the appeals process and showed remorse.
“It was totally out of the norm for pardons,” he said, adding that a commuted sentence seemed a more appropriate measure.
Arpaio’s sentencing hearing was scheduled for Oct. 5. Woods also said Arpaio had yet to show remorse.
“The former sheriff was convicted of [flouting] the rule of law,” he said. “He [flouted] it, really, over and over. He was ordered to stop doing what he was doing and he said, ‘I’m going to do it anyway.'”
Woods took part in a bipartisan gathering of lawyers this week outside the federal courthouse in downtown Phoenix to denounce the pardon.
“We have to stand up for the rule of law here and lawyers are uniquely situation to do that,” he said.