As the President, Trump can give Presidential pardons to those of his choice. He pardoned controversial former sheriff Joe Arpaio. Arpaio is the toughest sheriff in the country. He has enforced the law and even made a tent city at the jail where residents lived outside in tents.
Lacey and Larkin were reporters that mentioned that Arpaio was part of a grand jury investigation. These men were taken from their home and arrested. Their charges were disclosing information about a grand jury investigation.
Lacey and Larkin were both employees of the Village Voice newspaper. One of the men was an executive while the others were the CEO. They published details from the grand jury investigation involving Arpaio. What the reporters did not know at the time was that they were also being investigated by the grand jury.
Arpaio was not happy about the media coverage criticizing his tough stance of crime and punishment. There have been a number of cases over the years against Arpaio stated that he was too harsh. There were other allegations that he was targeting Hispanic people and having them deported. Read more: Lacey and Larkin Speak Out on Trump Pardon of Arpaio | Phoenix New Times and Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey Make The List of Civil Rights Protectors | Philly Purge
When Lacey and Larkin started to investigate the profiling of Hispanic people and publishing this in the paper, Arpaio was not happy and told them to crease their publications. The men would not be stopped and eventually, they were arrested.
They were even the target of a special prosecution team. Other reporters stopped printing articles about Arpaio these men kept on publishing information. this became more of a scandal which intensified the investigation.
Lacey and Larkin spent the next 24 days in prison and they were finally released. They have filed a lawsuit against Arpaio. The suit was settled for $3.7 million and these figures were made public.
Trouble is not over for Arpaio. He was not reelected to his Sheriff position for the first time in many years. He was also charged with contempt. Many say that his friendship with President Trump is one of the reasons why he is not in jail and has been pardoned. Arpaio still has many supporters but he is looking to keep out of the public eye for the time being.
Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427818/Michael_Lacey and http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/jim-larkin/