May 29, 2018 · Activist

The U.S history is full of controversial and strange presidential pardons issued. The recent one is the one that President Trump issued to Joe Arpaio, the American toughest sheriff in Maricopa County, Arizona.

One of his famous acts is wrongful imprisonment of the Village Voice owner, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey. More than 10 years ago, the Maricopa County Selective Enforcement Unit agents, under cover of darkness, they knocked the doors of two homes in Phoenix, Arizona. The homeowners were Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey.

The agents hauled Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey from their homes and imprisoned them. The charges were; disclosing details concerning a grand-jury investigation. Both Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey are involved in the newspaper known as the Village Voice Media. Lacey being the executive and Larkin the CEO.

Earlier in that day on the Village Voice Media publication, Phoenix New Times, they had published a piece that talked about the probe of a grand jury. They did not know that the grand was investing them. Arpaio was frustrated by the increase in the coverage of his most aggressive law enforcement strategies defining the Sheriff’s department since his induction into the office in 1992. Learn more about Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin: http://frontpageconfidential.com/michael-lacey-jim-larkin-arpaio-frontera-fund-first-amendment/ and https://thenewsversion.com/2017/08/the-fall-of-sheriff-joe-arpaio-after-jim-larkin-and-michael-lacey-controversy/

The Tent City of Mr. Arpaio and his several orders against inmates and women holding their status as the immigrants were severally brought up by various publications.

Since Arpaio took a position in the office, there have been a lot of cases where he was informed what was legally right and what was wrong. Without the available evidence showing if the detainee had proper status or not, holding such a person was against the constitutional law.

Such instances were addressed in private before 2011. Finally, they were all over when a lawsuit was filed against Joe Arpaio around ten years ago. Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey began exposing Joe Arpaio to the American public. They wrote much about multiple instances of Arpaio and butted heads on many occasions against the department. Read more: Michael Lacey | LinkedIn and Michael Lacey | Twitter

When Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey were releasing the stories of Arpaio, several newspapers were no longer covering him. The report on an arrested that was made by the department of Arpaio Sherriff was not something that is not common.

However, during the release of the article by more newspapers from the original work of Lacey and Larkin, the scandal reached to all parts of the nation. It is after 24 days in prison that Lacey and Larkin were released from the prison and they filed a suit against Joe Arpaio.

The suit exposed a lot of information that concerned the malpractices and corruption of Joe Arpaio, and it was settled for $ 3.7 million. Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey operate one of the largest organizations nowadays.

Lacey and Larkin utilized the cash for the settlement and the time given to the time given to them when they retired to create the Frontera Fund. Frontera Fund is a group that usually helps Latinos and other society members to protect their first Amendments.

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