Joe Arpaio’s pardon by president Trump stands out as one of the most disputable presidential pardons in America’s history. The self-proclaimed toughest sheriff in America served at the Maricopa County, Arizona.
His tenure was marked by wicked acts and oppressive leadership that saw two renowned journalists known as Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin unfairly imprisoned.
The two were captured under mysterious circumstances over a decade ago in Maricopa County. The agents from the Selective Enforcement Unit from Maricopa County arrested Lacey and Larkin from their homes in Phoenix, Arizona under the instructions of Joe Arpaio. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.phillypurge.com/2017/06/23/jim-larkin-michael-lacey-make-the-list-of-civil-rights-protectors/ and http://reporterexpert.com/sheriff-arpaios-2017-criminal-conviction-clash-michael-lacey-jim-larkin/
Further, the two journalists were allegedly imprisoned due to the charges pressed against them of exposing details concerning investigations of the grand-jury.
At the time, both journalists were working with a local newspaper that was known as the Village Voice Media where Larkin served as the executive editor while Larkin was the CEO.
On the day of their arrest, the Village Voice Media had publicized on issues surrounding the investigation of the grand jury. The grand jury had been investigating on the newspaper as Joe Arpaio had grown increasingly frustrated due to the extensive coverage of the publication on his rule at Maricopa.
About Joe Arpaio
Joe Arpaio, an 85-year-old sheriff had served in the Maricopa County for 24 years after winning six consecutive elections since 1992. According to Michael Lacey and his colleague Jim Larkin, his term in office was one that was full of clear abuse of office. He mistreated immigrants, women, and inmates from Tent City which was on many occasions highlighted by the several publications.
What’s more, Joe Arpaio had in several instances been warned on the legally admissible issues that had been raised but did not change. An example is where a judge by the name Murray Snow informed Arpaio that it was unnecessary to detain immigrants on the grounds of being a suspect which still were ignored by the sheriff. Read more: Michael Lacey | LinkedIn and Jim Larkin | Crunchbase
Furthermore, Joe Arpaio continued with the oppressive rule until the situation was highlighted by the journalists who included Lacey and Larkin. They propelled the news to reach a wider audience as they exposed about the intolerable leadership of Arpaio to the U.S. public which led to their arrest during a time when only their publication was reporting about Arpaio.
On the contrary, their arrest helped in the national coverage of the sheriff’s malpractices as the local media shifted its focus on the ongoing about the journalists’ imprisonment which saw their release.
About Lacey and Larkin’s Background Career
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were university students from the Arizona State University in the early 70s. They dropped out to join a publication that was known as the Phoenix New Times before establishing their own paper, the New Times.
They were passionate journalists and their publication continued to do well over the years where they eventually covered Arpaio’s rule which led to their arrest.
Nevertheless, they were both released after 24 hours and filled a lawsuit against Arpaio for wrongly arresting them and were awarded $ 3.75 million in 2013. Equally important, the money received by the two was used to start the Lacey & Larkin Frontera fund for helping the Latin- American individuals in the State of Arizona.