The United States President, Donald Trump’s first pardon was on the 85-year-old Joe Arpaio. It was one of the most controversial presidential pardons in the U.S history. Arpaio is said to be one of the strictest and harshest sheriffs based in Maricopa County, Arizona.
The sheriff is widely renowned for his wrongful arrest of Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, the Village Voice owners. Over ten years ago, he ordered the arrest of the duo and detained them on the grounds of revealing vital details of a grand-jury investigation.
Lacey and Larkin held top positions in the Village Voice Media Newspaper. Larkin served in the firm as a Chief Executive Officer and Lacey worked as the chief executive editor. Phoenix New Times is a mainstream stream publication of Village Voice Media.
A day before the arrest of the Village Media chiefs, the publication wrote a news article concerning a grand jury. The firm, however, did not know that the matter was under investigation by the federal court.
Previously, the firm had also been involved in extensive coverage of Joe Arpaio’s discriminative and heinous law enforcement structure. The Sherrif had been elected to his position and later reelected six times.
Several publications covered his department’s aggressive and abusive treatment of women and inmates. The procedure was unusually harsh when the victims were immigrants. In December 2011, Murray Snow, a U.S district judge injunction Arpaio and Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.
The order was aimed at their radicalized treatment of the immigrants. The judge brought forward many people whose rights had been violated by the sheriff. Despite the court’s massive ruling, Arpaio and his department intensified their crackdown on immigrants for eighteen months. Read more: Jim Larkin | Crunchbase and Michael Lacey | Crunchbase
In the year 2013, he was accused of racial discrimination, he admitted to the charges.
The sheriff heavily protested on judge Murray Snow’s ruling. Nevertheless, judge Susan Bolton convicted him of criminal contempt.
In her ruling, the federal judge stated that Joe had willingly disobeyed judge Murray’s order. The judge further said that Joe had failed to reciprocate the judgement down to his employees.
Larkin and Lacey’s Phoenix Times was the sole source of Arpaio’s heinous acts. In fact, many other newspapers borrowed from them when it came to Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his department. The scandal came to the limelight when more papers covered it, and this led to public outrage especially from the sympathizers.
Lacey and Larkin were detained for 24 days and later released. The duo filed a petition in court, later on, uncovering more of the sheriff’s corruption cases. They revealed that Joe did not only arrest and detain the Latinos, but he also discriminated against their sympathizers.
As part of the settlement deal, Phoenix firm was given $3.7 million. Lacey believes that Arpaio’s presidential pardon by U.S president, Donald Trump was politically instigated. Joe had been a strong supporter of Trump early in his campaigns.
Lacey also saw the release as a move to strengthen Trump’s support base primarily for the people who viewed Joe as a hero.