Throughout the United States history, there have been several strange and controversial presidential pardons. One of the most recent controversial pardons was the pardoning of Joe Arpaio, America’s ruthless sheriff of Maricopa County, by President Donald Trump.
The sheriff is known for his notoriety and scandalous acts of wrongly arresting and imprisoning Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey.
About a decade ago, Maricopa County Selective Enforcement Unit officers under the cover of darkness arrested Larkin and Lacey in Phoenix, Arizona. Under the command of Joe Arpaio, the county agents raided the two homes, captured and arrested the two authors for allegedly disclosing sensitive information about a grand-jury process that was on going in the county.
Both the authors were part of the Village Voice Media Newspaper where Michael Lacey was its executive officer and Jim Larkin its Chief Executive Officer.
Before they were arrested, they published and released an article disclosing the investigation of a grand jury in the Phoenix New Times, a Village Voice Media publication.
Sheriff Arpaio was angered by the media coverage about his bellicose law enforcement schemes of his office since he became the sheriff in 1992. His notorious Ten City as well as his several orders against women and inmates especially immigrants were common and were often featured in various media publications. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://reporterexpert.com/sheriff-arpaios-2017-criminal-conviction-clash-michael-lacey-jim-larkin/ and http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/michael-lacey/
Since his inauguration in office, there have been many incidences where Arpaio was informed of matters that were legally admissible and those that were not.
For instance, in 2011 Judge Murray informed the sheriff that detaining immigrants on suspicion grounds was not legally admissible since there is no evidence that the immigrants had or lacked a proper status.
His rule acts rose to the mainstream in 2011 after a lawsuit was filed against Arpaio for violating the rights of Latinos as well as other immigrant groups of people. He defied the charges and even encouraged his team to go on with racial profiling. It was here that Lacey and Larkin decided to expose Arpaio for his inhuman acts.
They wrote an article that exposed the sheriff and for this reason, they were arrested. They were detained for 24 days and upon their release they sued Arpaio and the suit was settled for 3.7 million USD.
After settling the suit, Arpaio lost his re-election bid and in 2017 he was charged with contempt of court. Luckily, his political affiliation with the Trump administration helped him. He had endorsed Donald Trump in 2016 during the presidential campaigns. The president therefore pardoned him.
Jim Lacey attended the Arizona State University before dropping out and publishing the inaugural issue of Phoenix New Times alongside a group of fellow students. The article was a response to the lack of enough media coverage by the local media about campus antiwar protests.
Jim Lacey alongside his business partners Jim Larkin, developed the free weekly newspaper developed and grew its circulation and at the same time coverage more social and political matter. The newspaper became prominent in the country for disclosing political evils and leaders who abused their power.