A presidential pardon is something that is not out of proportion. It is a tradition that has been there for several decades whether it is in the United States or in other countries that have significantly borrowed from the constitution of the United States.
The problem will only appear if the president tries to use his powers to the extent that other individuals feel that he is going beyond what can be termed as constitutional by the members of the public or the justice system.
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By pardoning Joe Arpaio, the president seemed to demonstrate what other influential people in governance such as Rex Tillerson have been thinking about him, a moron. Joe Arpaio was to be jailed for failing to adhere to court summons that was issued back in 2007 where he was heavily accused of racism, discrimination, and mistreatment of members of the society, especially those from minority backgrounds.
At the center of this case was the Phoenix News Times Co-owners Jim Larkin and Mike Lacey. The two journalists had dedicated their time to expose all the corrupt and unconstitutional actions that Arpaio, and the larger Maricopa County police department were doing.
Lacey and Larkin, having the opportunity to expose the rot in the society, recorded some significant information about the corrupt dealings within the police department while at the same time proving all the illegal activities that the sheriff department was involved.
What attracted considerable attention from the members of the public is the mistreatment of the Latin community living in Arizona. Some of them faced torture and abuse with the argument that they were living in the United States illegally and were therefore locked up in cells while others suffered severe pain.
Lacey and Larkin were from the larger Latin community, but they had lived in the United States for a more extended period. Attacking the head of the police department would not be tolerated by the toughest sheriff in the country. They found themselves behind bars for reasons they could not get.
However, this led to a countrywide demonstrations and picketing leading to the arrest of Joe Arpaio to answer to the case about unlawful detaining of individuals who had done nothing wrong and racism which was propelled towards Latin members of the society. It is surprising to see that a person convicted of such serious crimes can be pardoned even without spending a single day in jail.