Presidential pardons have often been given through the history of the United States.
The latest one, which was given by President Donald Trump, his very first one actually, is the pardon he issued for Joe Arpaio – who was once considered the toughest Sheriff of Maricopa County in the State of Arizona. Read more:
News of his heinous wrongdoings has certainly been circulated in the media, which includes the illegal arrests and detention of Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin.
One night time a decade ago, under the directive of Joe Arpaio, the agents of Maricopa County’s Selective Enforcement Unit knocked on the doors of Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin.
The agents lugged the two men away from their homes and confined them in prison since they have been charged with divulging some information about an investigation being conducted by a grand jury.
During that time, Lacey and Larkin were connected with the Village Voice Media, as executive editor and CEO, respectively. The newspaper recently published a news article that highlighted a grand jury’s probe on the Village Voice Media’s Phoenix New Times. But Lacey and Larkin did not know was that the grand jury has been conducting an investigation on them.
At the same time, Joe Arpaio was feeling aggravated in those times due to the growing exposure the local media is doing on his excessive and belligerent tactics on law enforcement that the Sheriff’s office has been doing ever since he took his seat in 1992.
His notorious tent city, and unlawful orders against inmates and women (particularly if they have immigrant statuses) have been broadcasted numerous times be several newspapers.
Joe Arpaio’s term in office witnessed countless cases where the said Sheriff was told many times over what was legally acceptable and what was not. And in 2011, US District Judge Murray Snow informed Sheriff Joe Arpaio that the detention of immigrants because of mere suspicion is not adequate grounds for being imprisoned. Read more: Phoenix New Times | Wikipedia and Michael Lacey | Crunchbase
And because there was no proper proof that the prisoners either did not have or did have appropriate status, it was unconstitutional to detain that person.
That instance and many others like it have been discussed privately numerous times before 2011. Afterwards, the cases were brought to the surface when a legal complaint was filed versus Joe Arpaio a decade ago.
The complaint bared the situations inmates coped up with in Arpaio’s tent city. And due to that evidence, Arpaio was indicted for violating the human rights of other immigrants and Latinos.
Lacey and Larkin began to expose Arpaio’s misconducts head-on, which ultimately resulted into their illegal arrests.
But the two media men fought back, and after 24 days in jail they file a lawsuit against Joe Arapio, divulging his malpractices all the more. The case was settled after more than five years for a sum of $3.7 million.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin used the money they got from the settlement to launch Frontera Fund, a non-profit organization that helps Latinos and other immigrants in fighting for their rights and needs all over the State of Arizona.