Throughout the US history, they have been things that are unusual and controversial like the presidential pardon. One of the recent ones was when Trump gave Joe Arpaio, the sheriff that was the toughest in Maricopa County pardon. Most of his notoriety has been heard, but one that is the most known is the illegal imprisonment of Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey.
Just over ten years ago, that was when the arrest of the two took place under the order of Joe Arpaio. The reason for the arrest of the two men was that they were being accused of disclosing details about an investigation that was being carried by the grand jury.
Both of them worked in the village voice media the editor was the former and CEO was the latter. Earlier on the day of the arrest, they had published a story that discussed the probe of the grand jury. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/michael-lacey/ and http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427427/Jim_Larkin
What they didn’t know is that at that time they were already under investigation. From the time Arpaio was in office, there have been cases that he had to be told of what was legally admissible and which was not.
In 2011, a district judge Murray Snow in the United States told the sheriff that just because he suspected the immigrant that was not enough for him to detain them. Since there was no evidence of showing what the immigrants did or didn’t do it was against the law for holding the person.
Seeing what Arpaio was doing to the people lead Michael Lacey, and Joe Larkin to start exposing Arpaio for the wrong that he was doing. They wrote about him so many times and began to reveal some of the things he was doing. That lead to them getting arrested not knowing it’s been a start of great things to come. Read more: Jim Larkin | Crunchbase and Michael Lacey | Twitter
Lacey and Larkin while in jail they knew very well why they were jailed and that was because they dared to write. There was a loud national outcry after there arresting that lead to them being set free in less than 24hours and the charges dropped.
The arrest was the start of the prolonged court battle, to them the battle was for the first amendment right and leader abusing the power that they had. After what seemed like forever the court had come to a decision and they stated that the arrest that took place was invalid because the prosecutor did not follow the right legal procedures.
That’s meant that they were to be paid a settlement fee, that’s when Lacey and larking received the $3.7 million for the Maricopa County in 2013.
Though Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin did not use the money for personal use they gave the cash to Frontera Fund. The Hispanic community benefited a lot from the group.
Because from the early age Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were taught that the less fortunate should be helped. The group was the one that thoroughly deserved the money to them because it cared about the Mexican immigrants.