There have been a number of questionable presidential pardons in the past, but President Trump’s first pardon is one that is not only controversial, but has a weekly effect on social discourse of America.
Resident Trump awarded his first pardon to the strictest sheriff in America, Joe Ariaio of the Maricopa County Arizona Sheriff’s Department. And while he has a reputation of notoriety, his most impulsive acts revolve around the room for imprisonments of the owners of the Village voice, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey.
10 years ago, a group of Maricopa County selective enforcement unit agents arrested both the CEO and executive director of Village voice media, like him and Lacey.
On the same day as the arrest but earlier in the day, their publication featured an article discussing a probe being conducted against Village Voice Media’s Phoenix New Times publication on behalf of the grand jury. What they did not know was that the grand jury had been investigating them as individuals.
Arpaio became increasingly frustrated with the repetitious coverage that exposes excessively aggressive law enforcement tactics that was traced back to the day he was inaugurated in 1992. The well-known Tent City, as well as the multitude of cases charged against inmates, women and immigrants have been a topic compensated about frequently throughout multiple publications.
United States District Judge Murray Snow ruled that Arpaio infringed upon the constitutional rights of many of the immigrants he detained, but most of the cases were handled out of the public site before 2011 came.
The lawsuit brought against him 13 years ago cause those cases to emerge at the surface which allow for Arpaio to be charged, finally, for the unconstitutional violations he committed against Latinos and immigrants.
Arpaio insisted that he was innocent of the charges against the, yet he still continued to profile Latinos. This gained the attention of investigative reporters, which led to articles that exposed the near-criminal behavior of Arpaio. At this time, Lacey and Larkin both began reporting on Arpaio ‘s questionable occurrences, with multiple pieces fueling confrontations between them and the department that work under Arpaio.
After a while, the sheriff’s department grew tired of the bickering and decided to arrest the two men, which strangely occurred after a special prosecution counsel had been targeting them then formed a grand jury top report on the Phoenix New Times.
They were only imprisoned for 24 days, and which case they were released only to file a lawsuit against Arpaio. The suit was set to reveal more information about corruption and malpractice until it was settled for $3.7 million.
About Jim Larkin
As a former student of Arizona State University who dropped out in 1972, Jim Larkin partner with Michael Lacey, serving as a CEO in order to operate the Phoenix New Times. As a conservative anti-war voice on campus, the weekly publication spoke for the students who served as active protesters.
Larkin focus on the advertising side of the business, and with his hard work, the publication increases audience size, expanding its’ circulation by covering political and social issues. He
About Michael Lacey
Born the son of a construction worker, Michael Lacey serve as the executive editor of the Phoenix new Times publication after he dropped out of school in 1970.
As a former student of Arizona State University, Lacey spent four decades running the publication, but in 2012, he agrees to sell the company At the time of the sell, Village Voice Media Holdings, the company that owned the publication, had accumulated 56 million viewers online and 9 million print readers.
They publication had been awarded hundreds of journalistic honors, and even awarded the Pulitzer Prize.