What the United States has experienced in its timeline of political history is replete with examples of presidential pardons that have dramatically transformed the country’s ethics, codified laws and accepted behaviour of the civil society and its government officials.
One example of such presidential pardon that has been so sensational in United States’ history is the one from President Trump given to Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: https://thenewsversion.com/2018/03/larkin-lacey-speak-happened-joe-arpaio/ and https://angel.co/jim-larkin-1
It may be appropriate to start the story of the entire saga of the legal battle involving Arpaio and President Trump by going back a decade ago. It was the time when Arpaio, along with his agents of police officers, went to the Phoenix homes of Village Voice executives writing now for Front Page Confidential, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin. Arpaio had the two journalists illegally arrested for technically a total of 24 days.
The two journalists were featuring the abuses, misdeeds, allegations of corruptions and abuse of power of Arpaio in their articles in the newspaper that they owned. One emphasis of such allegation is on Arpaio’s mistreatment of the women inmates at the Tent City, the facility he was overseeing.
It was in these news reports that Lacey and Larkin instigated the narratives of abusive enforcement tactics that the media saw to be targetting immigrants, especially latinos. Since the position was held by Arpaio, multiple caes were filed against him to the point that even the US District Judge Murray Snow even admonished Arpaio for not knowing how to distinguish between racial profiling and admissable arrest.
The arrest for Lacey and Larkin had been officially seen by the court as a form of wrongful arrest. From a contempt of court that was finalized by the court, Arpaio was sentenced to jail. However, he technically won’t be serving time, as President Trump just pardoned Arpaio.
Arpaio’s pardon is seen by Larkin as a returned favor by Trump. During the presidential elections, Arpaio was an active supporter for Trump, arguably because Arpaio saw that the allegations against him had been bubbling up to its highest peak that he probably needed the best help that he could get, and this was in through the President himself.
When Trump won, Arpaio immediately won the heart and the good graces of the Trump administration. Now that he needed the help because of the incarceration order for him, Larkin argued that Trump saw it to his advantage to give his nod for support to Arpaio.
There are also parallels in Arpaio and Trump’s anti-latino attitudes, and this shared interest may have been what coalesced into bringing the two together as allies.
Now that Arpaio is still out there and not serving time, Lacey and Larkin would just be using the $3.75 settlement money they won from the lawsuit they filed against Arpaio to start non-profit political movements. Read more: Michael Lacey | Crunchbase and Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund
The money would now be used as the main funding both for the Frontera Lacey and Larkin Fund and the Front Page Confidential news portal, which are active ventures today that both help Latinos get the support they need and assist other immigrants get the protection that they badly need as US citizens.