Throughout the US history, unusual and controversial presidential pardons have been issued, and the recent one was released by President Trump being his first pardon to Joe Arpaio. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427818/Michael_Lacey and http://james-larkin.com/
Joe Arpaio is the toughest America’s sheriff in Maricopa, who is famous for his notoriety and wrongful imprisonment of Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey being one of his heinous acts.
Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey are village voice owners who teamed up to helm Phoenix New Times after Jim Larkin dropped out of Arizona State University in 1972. When Lacey was the executive editor and Larkin the head of the advertising activities, the audience of free paper which explored a variety of political and social issues grew and their prominence raised among the country’s growing schedule of alternative newspapers.
On October 18, 2007, Larkin and Lacey were detained at their homes and jailed due to exposing in Phoenix New Times that the paper’s writers and editors were the grand jury subpoenas target. Joe Arpaio was the instigator of the arrest, and due to public outcry, within 24 hours all the charges were dropped.
The coverage was all about Arpaio overly aggressive law enforcement strategies, which were defining the Sheriff’s department since 1992 when he was inaugurated into office. His infamous orders against the woman and inmates were brought to light for several times before by several publications developed.
Joe Arpaio disobeyed the charges that were laid against him and continued with his work and also motivating his employees to remain with racial profiling. He stayed for years with this practice until the people started to oppose his abuses and finally, the attention of the reporters was caught.
It was at this moment that Michael Lacey and Jim Larking began to write multiple things about his notoriety and exposing him to the American public and this became the cause of their arrest. At the time when Larkin and Lacey released these stories, there were none of the newspapers covering him at all.
However, after the release, more newspapers started publishing information and articles related to Lacey and Larkin’s work. Therefore, the Scandal magnified to the extent that it received the national coverage.
Currently, Lacey and Larkin run one of the largest organizations, also they used their retirement time and settlement cash to create Frontera Fund. It is a group that aids Latinos and other individuals that belong to the society to protect their First Amendment rights.