Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin Critique President Donald Trump’s Pardon of Sherriff Joe Arpaio
Joe Arpaio is currently the former sheriff of Maricopa County. In late July 2017, Joe Arpaio was sentenced regarding engaging in criminal activities.
The sheriff had been serving for almost 24 years and had become a contentious figure over the years. Having served as Sheriff for six consecutive terms, he eventually lost while seeking a seventh term in office.
Back in the day, Donald Trump, currently serving as the US President had formed an anti-President Obama campaign that accused him of not being born in the US.
Joe Arpaio was very vocal regarding this particular campaign. Arpaio was, in turn, able to capture the attention of Donald Trump the current serving US President. Luckily, Joe Arpaio was accorded a pardon by President Donald Trump.
The 85-year old sheriff will not serve any jail time for the various offenses that he has committed over the years. The Sheriff is well known for advocating against illegal immigration. Maricopa County, Arizona happens to be filled with illegal immigrants from Mexico.
Arpaio was known to do anything to combat illegal immigration. In the fight against illegal immigration, Joe Arpaio was known to violate the civil rights of the various illegal immigrants.
Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey are arrested
Various individuals were not happy with Joe Arpaio’s way of conducting his duties as a sheriff. Among the various critiques’ were Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey. The two were arrested for working together with the Phoenix New Times.
Black SUV’s raided the Phoenix-area homes of the two editors, and they were put in different jails that were managed by Joe Arpaio. The arrest of the two brought about unrest since protests were taking place and the two were released even before the day was over.
The arrest of the two editors was carried out back in October 2017. Since the two were arrested illegally, their rights had been violated. A legal battle ensued since Jim Larkin, and Michael Lacey had been detained without a formidable cause. Jim and Lacey won the case, and they were awarded $3.75 million as compensation for the unnecessary trouble they were subjected to by Joe Arpaio and team.
After being compensated, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey decided to form the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund. The charity organization was established with the sole aim of offering support to illegal immigrants who reside in Arizona.
President Donald Trump saw it fit to pardon Joe Arpaio. The pardon cannot be disputed since the decision has been made by the man holding the mantle of the most influential office in the country. In turn, the Larkin and Lacey Frontera fund would work round the clock to ensure that the rights of illegal immigrants within Arizona are upheld.
The damage caused by Joe Arpaio and team was quite detrimental. But with time, the Frontera fund can be able to undo the various wrongs that may have been brought about by the corrupt sheriff. Moreover, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey have resumed their journalism careers. Together, the two will ensure that justice prevails in Arizona at all times.