U.S. Presidential pardons have a history of being controversial and the Trump Administration does not fail to continue this issue. The U.S. v. Joe Arpaio where the Justice Department sued Arizona Sheriff for racial profiling of Latinos is just such a case. Known as the ‘toughest sheriff’ in Maricopa County, Arizona, Joe was jailed for not complying with a court order. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: https://michael-lacey.com/ and https://about.me/michael-lacey
An interesting background involving Joe Arpaio begins with Latino immigrants, Jim Larkin, and Michael Lacey. Award-winning journalists Michael and Jim received an unexpected late-night raid in October 2007 by Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his men. Lacey and Larkin were jailed, and their paper and notes were confiscated by the Sheriff.
The journalists believe that Sheriff Arpaio’s illegal raid was meant to keep the newsmen from targeting him and his illegal activities. However, due to the unconstitutional arrest of Jim and Michael, there arose a grassroot and political uproar which involved the Arizona American Civil Liberties Union calling for the journalist’s release.
Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey had reported for years on the Latino torture and deaths attributed to Sheriff Arpaio, plus a sideline crime of illegal monetary activities.
Jim and Michael spent 24 days in jail and after their release they sued Joe Arpaio and the Maricopa County officials. Their case took five years, but Jim and Michael were found innocent.
Michael and Jim were awarded $3.75 million which they used to create the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund, which is an organization involved in human and civil rights for immigrants and all citizens. In the meantime, Sheriff Arpaio was ordered to cease and desist his illegal arrests and containment of local Latino residents and illegal immigrants. Read more: Michael Lacey | Crunchbase and Jim Larkin | Crunchbase
Sheriff Arpaio ignored the court order and warning, thus he was arrested and jailed. However, in November 2017, President Donald Trump granted Joe Arpaio a pardon which includes a complete exoneration of all his crimes.
The pardon was timed perfectly because Mr. Arpaio was just a couple of weeks away from being given a lengthy prison sentence.
It is opined that President Trump became involved in Joe Arpaio’s pardon because the Sheriff successfully campaigned for Mr. Trump when he was running for President. When Joe Arpaio was released, he immediately tried to run for another term as sheriff, but he was utterly defeated!
Michael Lacey has an idea on why the President granted the Arpaio pardon. He believes that it is a political strategy to cajole the Arizona voting constituents who both voted for Donald Trump and who still consider Joe Arpaio a here.
What the future for Joe Arpaio holds is unknown, but Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey have successful unveiled the knowledge involving his former cruelty actions against the Latino residents of Arizona. Currently, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey have created an online news website called the Front Page Confidential.
Jim and Michael continue to monitor issues involving threats to freedom of speech rights, people’s rights, and the First Amendment issues. Therefore, we can only guess that they will still monitor their former nemesis, as will the Frontera Fund and many grassroots organizations.