Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey of Village Media

There have been several controversial and unusual presidential pardons throughout the history of the United States. The recent one that is shaping the current social discourse is when president Trump pardoned Joe Arpaio.

Joe is the toughest sheriff in Arizona’s Maricopa County. Joe is known for his notoriety, but mostly his heinous activities include wrongfully imprisoning Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey, the owners of Village Voice.

Ten years ago, agents of Maricopa County Selective Enforcement Unit were knocking on the doors of two homes in Phoenix he agents were under cover of darkness and by order of Joe Arpaio. The homes belonged to Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin. The two gentlemen were hauled out of their houses and imprisoned under the charges of revealing the contents of a grand jury investigation.

Lacey was the executive editor at the Village Voice Media newspaper while Larkin was the CEO. The two had earlier in the day published a piece in a Village Voice Media publication talking about the probe of a grand jury. However, the two were not aware that the investigation was actually about them.

Arpaio was not happy with the way coverage about his overly aggressive enforcement of the law tactics was increasing. Sheriff Arpaio came into office in 1992. The various orders against women and inmates as well as his infamous Tent City had been brought up to the limelight in several occasions through the Village Media publications. Read more: Village Voice Media | Wikipedia and Larkin and Lacey Fruntera Fund | Crunchbase

Since he came into office, there were several times that he had been told about what was admissible and what was not.

Murray Show, a United States District Judge had told Arpaio in 2011 that suspicion of immigrants was not enough ground to have them detained. With no evidence that the immigrant did not have the right status, it is against the constitution to detain them. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://frontpageconfidential.com/michael-lacey-jim-larkin-arpaio-frontera-fund-first-amendment/ and http://releasefact.com/2017/09/jim-larkin-and-michael-lacey-continue-fight-for-latino-rights-after-pardoning-of-joe-arpaio/

Before 2011, some of the Arpaio issues were handled behind closed doors. Eventually, they came out after a lawsuit filed a case against Arpaio roughly ten years ago. The file exposed how Arpaio was mistreating inmates in Tent City, and this led to him being charged with violating the rights of immigrants as well as Latinos.

Joe remained insolent of the charges and continued to encourage racial profiling among his employees until the outcry of people caught the media’s attention. It was when Lacey and Larkin started exposing his characters on publications of Village Media that led to their arrest.

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