Throughout the history of the US, there have been numerous controversial and unusual presidential pardons offered. The most recent one is the pardon issued by President Trump to Joe Arpaio.
Joe is the toughest sheriff in America serving Maricopa County, Arizona. He is famous for his notoriety as well as the wrongful imprisonment of Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin.
Michael and Jim were the owners of Village Voice. The two were arrested over ten years ago by the enforcement unit agents of Maricopa County. The order to arrest Jim and Michael was from Joe Arpaio.
Joe Arpaio claimed that Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey had disclosed details concerning a grand-jury investigation. At the time, Jim and Michael worked with the Village Voice Media Newspaper with the CEO being Jim Larkin. The day of the arrest, the two partners published an article that talked about the investigation of a grand jury in the Phoenix New Times. Read more: Jim Larkin | LinkedIn and Village Voice Media | Wikipedia
Joe Arpaio became frustrated due to the continuous coverage of his law enforcement tactics which were overly aggressive. The sheriff was inaugurated into office in the year 1992.
Various publications had brought up the infamous Tent City of Arpaio as well as his different orders against inmates and women.
In the year 2011, Murray Snow who was the District Judge for the United States told Joe Arpaio that it was illegal to detain immigrants on grounds of suspicion. According to the judge, it was unconstitutional to detain an immigrant since no evidence showed that they did or did not possess proper status. Learn more about Lacey and Larkin: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/michael-lacey/ and http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427427/Jim_Larkin
Although such instances were normally talked about behind closed doors, they resurfaced ten years ago when Joe Arpaio faced a lawsuit. In the lawsuit, Joe Arpaio was accused of violating the Latino rights as well as other immigrant groups. The conditions inmates faced in Tent City were also exposed.
Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey started to expose Joe to the public after the outcry of the people got their attention. On many instances, they wrote articles about Arpaio and talked about his department on numerous occasions.
It is for these reasons that the two activists got arrested eventually. After 24 days in jail, Larkin and Lacey were released. They then filed a new lawsuit against Joe and exposed his corruption and malpractices. In the end, the lawsuit was settled for approximately $3.7 million.
Due to the experience of Mr. Arpaio as a politician, he managed to find good graces with the administration of Donald Trump. He also endorsed the presidential candidacy of Trump. Due to these, he was pardoned by President Trump.
Jim and Michael teamed up in the year 1972 and started the Phoenix New Times. Within a short period, the campus weekly acquired a wide audience.
The two used the settlement money from their unlawful arrest to start the Lacey & Larkin Frontera Fund. The organization was aimed at distributing the proceeds to American-Latin groups across the state of Arizona. Jim and Michael are also the founders of Village Voice Media Holdings.