The Journey Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey Case with Joe Arpaio

Recently, there has been a lot of commotion in the public regarding the pardoning that was issued by president Trump to Joe Arpaio. Joe Arpaio is one of the toughest American sheriffs in Maricopa County, Arizona. One of the outstanding issues is the wrongful imprisonment of Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey, the owners of Village Voice.

A backdate of the story, ten years ago Joe Arpaio ordered some agents from Maricopa County Selective Enforcement Unit to arrest Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey from their homes. This was in the claim that the two individuals had revealed information relating to grand-jury investigations.

Lacey was the executive editor while Larkin was the chief executive officer for the Village Voice Media newspaper. The day they were arrested is the same day when they had published a report addressing the probe of grand jury through their newspaper publication in Village Voice Media, Phoenix New Times.

Unfortunately, the two were already under investigation by the grand jury. Joe was triggered by the fact that the two had been increasingly covering the aggressive law enforcement techniques that were used in his government since his inauguration to office in 1992. Learn more about Lacey and Larkin: http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427818/Michael_Lacey

Some of the publications that were brought to the public included Joe’s numerous orders against the inmates and women especially the immigrants. According to the two, since Joe’s service in his office, many cases had been revolving around him.

A file that was disclosed in 2011 addressed the conditions that the inmates in Tent City went through and in the end, Joe was charged with violation of rights for immigrants and Latinos.

However, Joe defended himself, moved on with his work, and kept encouraging his employees to profile the people in their races. This practice moved on for a long time until people’s cry for abuse of power brought attention to the ears of the reporters. Read more: Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund and Jim Larkin | Crunchbase

This is when Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey came in handy and began exposing the American sheriff, Joe Arpaio, to the public. They wrote on several times about Joe until two agents that were sent by Joe arrested them.

As the two released information relating to Joe, most other newspapers were fearful until they found this piece by the two and more reports began circulating in the public.

The original work was done by Lacey and Larkin. The two were lucky enough to be released from the prison after 24 days and moved on to expose more on Joe’s corrupt ways. The lawsuit was settled at $3.7 million.

Following the entire occurrence, one might wonder how Trump got involved in all this. After the entire story, Joe was disadvantaged because he lost the re-election for a seventh term as a sheriff.

Moving on, in 2017, he was charged by the court with contempt during Melendres suit. In other news, Arpaio endorsed Trump’s candidacy as a president at his stages in election campaigns.

During these campaigns, Trump had mentioned that he would pardon Joe but the reason behind the pardoning is unknown. With that happening, it is easy to conclude that Trump was fulfilling his speech.

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