A presidential pardon is a situation that occurs when the president decides that a prisoner or a large number of prisoners are released from prison before the culprits have has served the entire sentence. The fact is that presidential pardons continue to take place every year.
However, some of the presidential pardons that have been witnessed in recent times have been so controversial to the extent they have attracted public attention.
One of the most contentious presidential pardons involved President Trump issuing a presidential pardon for Joe Arpaio, a Sheriff in Arizona, who had imprisoned Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey, the Village Voice owners.
It has been exactly ten years ago since Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were imprisoned for other pressing issues, one of them being disclosing important details about an investigation that was taking place. They were hauled from their Phoenix homes like individuals who did not have the rights of a prisoner or any citizen in the United States.
Surprisingly, the officers on duty were acting under the instructions and orders of one of the toughest sheriffs in Arizona by the time, Joe Arpaio. The two media personalities, who were by the time of their arrest working for Village Voice Media Newspaper had published a report about an investigation that did not go down well with the authorities. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427818/Michael_Lacey and http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/michael-lacey/
Some of the stories covered by the two individuals portrayed Arpaio as a sheriff who was gender biased and an individual who was using his position of power to mistreat various individuals, especially the immigrants living within multiple cities in Arizona.
The aggressive law enforcement tactics had been exposed by the Phoenix newspaper and were mostly portrayed as subjective and discriminating.
This made Arpaio feel threatened whereby he highlighted that his work as a sheriff was frustrated. As the two journalists continued to work on various stories to publish about the department of police, the law enforcement authority was investigating them and preparing charges against them. Read more: Village Voice Media | Wikipedia and Lacey and Larkin Speak Out on Trump Pardon of Arpaio | Phoenix New Times
There were several recorded occasions when the sheriff had been reminded by both the publication and the members of the public that he was applying the law the wrong way. In one instance, a district judge warned him against detaining emigrants because lack of legal status of the immigrants does not justify one to be detained.
Before the judge had pronounced such a case through the courtroom, it is said that there were several times when similar situations were addressed in behind the door meetings only for Arpaio not to adhere to the demands of the constitution.
When a case was presented to the court, Arpaio did not have an option rather than being charged with mistreatment of immigrants, especially those with the Latino background, especially in Tent City.