Throughout American history, there have been a number of controversial pardons done on behalf of our presidents. The first pardon by president Trump issued to Joe Arpaio, Arizona’s toughest Sheriff who ran the city of Maricopa.

Despite Arpaio’s wide-spread notary, one of his many selfish acts includes the unfair conviction of Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey who are owners of Village Voice. Learn more about Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin: https://michael-lacey.com/ and http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/michael-lacey/

It all began Ten years ago Maricopa County Sheriff, Joe Arpaio and his fellow agents wrongfully took away the two journalists then locked them away with charges for disclosing details pertaining to a grand jury investigation. Lacey and Larkin, executive editor and CEO of Village Voice Media newspaper, were unaware of the current investigation.

Arpaio had become increasingly infuriated in 1992 by the media coverage of overly aggressive tactics executed within his department. Were it was brought to light his infamous Tent City scandal, and orders targeting woman and immigrants. District Judge Murray Snow concluded that due to lack of evidence it was insufficient to detain immigrants on grounds of suspicion.

These reoccurring instances were addressed in 2011 when a lawsuit was filed against Sheriff Arpaio, which exposed the unlawful conditions inmates faced in Tent City. He was charged with violating the rights of immigrants, epically Latinos.

Those types of reoccurring occurrences were addressed privately for years until 2011 when a lawsuit was filed against the Sheriff exposing unlawful conditions inmates faced in Tent City. Sheriff Arpaio caught charges for violating human rights of Latinos and further immigrant groups established on the given information of Arpaio’s wrongdoings.

Arpaio continued being rebellious of his charges and kept his practices of encouraging his employees to racial profiling. Finally citizens started speaking up opposing Arpaio’s misuses of power that finally caught the attention of the media and reporters. Read more: Jim Larkin | LinkedIn and Michael Lacey | Facebook

This led to Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin beginning to expose the sheriff to the American public. There were multiple times where they wrote about Arpaio and battled multiple times against the department.

Their voices caused them to get arrested in addition to them being the target of a special prosecution team who developed the grand jury that they decided publish about the same day.

The time that Lacey and Larkin were covering the stories of Arpaio, multiple other publications ignored Sheriff Arpaio completely. The scandal started appearing more often and gained national coverage when newspapers caught attention of Lacey and Larkin’s original works about Arpaio’s wrongful acts as Sheriff.

Lacey and Larkin were released from serving 24 days in jail after filing a lawsuit against Arpaio that exposed more info about his corruption and malpractices. The lawsuit concluded with a settlement of $3.7 million.After the settlement, Arpaio was not re-elected for a seventh term as Sheriff.

President Trump stepped in and made his first pardon for the self-proclaimed “America’s Toughest Sheriff” Joe Arpaio. Because of this pardon, President Trump prevented Arpaio from going to prison after he was involved in corruption for years. Even though Arpaio no longer holds the title of being sheriff, there are remaining obstacles that immigrants in the US face still to this day.