Presidential pardons have generally sparked controversial discussions and the Trump Administration did not fail. On President Trump’s first pardon, he excused Joe Arpaio in The U.S. v. Joe Arpaio. This case involved the U.S. Justice Department who sued Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio for racial profiling and illegal incarceration of Latinos. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: https://thenewsversion.com/2017/08/the-fall-of-sheriff-joe-arpaio-after-jim-larkin-and-michael-lacey-controversy/
Joe Arpaio called himself the ‘toughest sheriff’ of Maricopa County, Arizona. Former sheriff Arpaio was incarcerated for not complying with a federally mandated court order. An interesting background involving Joe Arpaio begins with Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey.
Jim and Michael are an award-winning journalist who owned their own Arizona newspaper .They reported continuously about the heinous criminal acts of Joe Arpaio, including his illegal financial activities. Late one evening in October of 2007, Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his selective enforcement unit raided the private home and office of Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey.
Jim and Michael were arrested under the pretense charges of revealing security information about a grand-jury investigation. The journalists believed that their raid and detention was designed to keep them from reporting on his hidden illegal activities which would reach the mainstream news media outlets.
However, the mainstream news media heard about the arrest. A media uproar occurred including several politicians and organizations like the Arizona American Civil Liberties Union. All parties involved called for the release of Jim Larkin and Micheal Lacey calling their arrest an unconstitutional action of the First Amendment.
Michael and Jim were jailed for 24 days. After their release, they sued the Maricopa County officials. It took five years, but the Village Voice Media owners were found not guilty. In 2013 Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey were awarded damages of $3.7 million dollars.
Both journalists used their award money to create the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund which supports human and civil rights for immigrants and the Latino community of Arizona. Presently the Frontera Fund is monitoring the activities of the Trump Administration’s separation of immigrant Latino families and all DACA discussions. Read more: Lacey and Larkin Speak Out on Trump Pardon of Arpaio | Phoenix New Times and Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey Make The List of Civil Rights Protectors | Philly Purge
As for Joe Arpaio, a lawsuit was filed against him for all of his illegal activities against the Maricopa County Hispanic communities. Joe Arpaio was defiant of these charges and ignored his warnings. It was a year or two later that Mr. Arpaio was arrested and jailed.
Right before Joe Arpaio’s sentencing, President Trump issued his pardon. The reasoning may be that as sheriff Joe Arpaio campaigned vigorously for Donald Trump’s presidency.