In the US history, the presidential pardons that are unusual and controversial are becoming so prevalent. The recent one that has shaped the social discourse today is the one that Trump issued to Joe Arpaio for him to be pardoned. Joe Arpaio was the sheriff in Maricopa County, Arizona and people referred to him as the toughest sheriff. Read more: Michael Lacey | Crunchbase and Jim Larkin | Crunchbase
One of the heinous acts that were done by Joe Arpaio was the illegal imprisonment of Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey that were the village voice owners. Over ten year ago, during one night the enforcement unit agents were on the doors knocking in the Maricopa County. The houses that were being hit on belonged to Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey. Joe Arpaio had given the agent the orders.
The order is what resulted in the hauling of the Jim and Michael from their property and imprisoning them with them being accused that they had disclosed details of the grand-jury investigation that was not supposed to be disclosed.
For Lacey and Larkin they worked at the village voice media newspaper, one being the executive editor in the firm and the latter was offering his services as the CEO. On the day of the arrest, they had written a piece that detailed out about the probe in the grand jury. At that time they already had the attention of the grand jury, and they were investigating them something that Lacey and Larkin didn’t know.
From 1992 when Arpaio joined the office, he did not like that they were an increase in the coverage’s that were done on him on how he was overly aggressive in the enforcement of the law. The tactics that he used when enforcing the law on women or inmates and if they immigrated they didn’t get the right set of judgment which was always covered by many publications. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/news/lacey-larkin-speak-out-on-trump-pardon-of-arpaio-9879938 and http://frontpageconfidential.com/michael-lacey-jim-larkin-arpaio-frontera-fund-first-amendment/
Even though Arpaio was charged with the case of violating the rights of the Latinos, he didn’t change but still went ahead to do his work, encouraging the employees to go ahead with profiling the Latinos. The practices of Arpaio went on for some years before the outcry of people finally got the attention of the reporters.
That’s is the time Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin paid more attention to the work Arpaio was doing, and they started with exposing him to the American public. On multiple instances, they wrote on how Arpaio was running the office and the department. W
hen they wrote the piece that targeted the grand jury in the Phoenix New Times for other newspapers they were afraid of covering the story on Arpaio. For many publications, they relied on the information that they got from the stories written by Lacey and Larkin work, and soon the scandal was huge that it got the national coverage.
For their time in jail Lacey and Larkin spent 24 hours in prison and after that, they filed a suit that led to more information about Arpaio malpractices and corruption being exposed. After what seemed like forever in court the case got settled that led to them being paid $3.7 million