Whenever a presidential pardon is issued, context is a very important aspect of the same. The need to find out why those pardoned deserved the same and where the injustice from the unusual sentence stems from.
This is the kind of scrutiny that most pardons would withstand and overcome, however the first pardon issued by president trump it was not based on any merit but rather a misplaced sense of loyalty from one man to another simply because they shared an ideology. For men known to have a profound hatred for immigrants especially from neighboring Mexico, it was only expected that the president would issue the pardon. Read more: Phoenix New Times | Wikipedia and Michael Lacey | LinkedIn
He had been very supportive of the sheriff and his actions for a long time and had always jumped to his defense stating that the sheriff was being targeted for doing his job while accusing those that did not see eye to eye with the sheriff as being soft on immigration. Such a statement, especially from the president, would easily negate the essence of why the sheriff was facing a possible jail term.
The sheriff had been found guilty of violating a court order, and by this fact alone it had already become a separate issue from what the president purported it to be and as for Jim Larkin and Micheal Lacey they would not accept this distorted version of events lying down. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.phillypurge.com/2017/06/23/jim-larkin-michael-lacey-make-the-list-of-civil-rights-protectors/
The pair had witnessed first hand what had culminated to the sheriff almost landing in jail and for them he deserved to be there. In the case Melendres v. Arpaio the sheriff had been accused of racial profiling, the duo of Larkin and Lacey had been reporting the same for a long time.
The sheriff had always declared himself as tough on immigration, and that would always remain his policy this he purported had earned him a lot of enemies, and they were responsible for all his troubles.
The court would, however, vindicate Larkin and Lacey when the sheriff was found guilty of racial profiling this would mark the beginning of an interesting turn of events that would see the sheriff require a presidential pardon.
District court judge G. Murray ordered that the Maricopa sheriff’s department undergo some changes to enable them to reform there now tainted image. These reforms were not offered as a suggestion but rather a court order that even had a court-appointed monitor to oversee the same. The court would later be informed that the sheriff had refused to take any action towards implementation of this reforms.
The sheriff would face another lawsuit this time focusing on disobedience of a court order. This to Lacey and Larkin came as no surprise as for long the sheriff thought he was above the law and would easily disobey court orders and get away with it.
The sheriff this time would not be able to get away with it, and it was not long before judge Susan Bolton found him guilty of the same. This came hot on the heels of him losing his seat as sheriff to a Democrat.