It is a constitutional right for the president of the United States to issue presidential pardons to prisoners with whom he thinks to deserve to be released or who have met various merits to justify presidential pardons. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/jim-larkin/ and https://thenewsversion.com/2018/03/larkin-lacey-speak-happened-joe-arpaio/
The problem is that most of the presidential pardons are surrounded by controversy with the president releasing someone who had committed severe crimes against citizens rather than releasing someone who deserves to be released.
President Donald Trump seemed to continue with the trend of releasing individuals controversially by pardoning one of the most notorious sheriffs in Maricopa County, Arizona. Despite conducting some of the most heinous acts. Joe Arpaio is famously known for imprisoning Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, the owners of Village Voice, a print media house.
The two, being the company chief executive officer and the editor were hauled from their houses precisely ten years from now. Reason being, the two had continuously published information that in one way or another exposed the police’s activities while at the same time interfering with investigations. Read more: Jim Larkin | Crunchbase and Michael Lacey | Crunchbase
The same day before they were arrested, the two had covered several stories highlighting some of the grand juries in Arizona, specifically Maricopa County. What they did not know is that the jury and the sheriff in the county had spent significant time trying to trace them for arrests.
As the voice of the people, the publication had covered widely on the Arpaio’s aggressive approach, which had made him feel frustrated and a target of the media houses. His tactics, especially those involving giving extreme orders to the arrest of woman and immigrants had not made him famous at all.
He was seen as someone who had an ulterior motive against the highlighted groups. He was the face of the sheriff department that was marred by controversies of arresting people for doing nothing and employing aggressive tactics that did not go well with the members of the public.
Joe Arpaio had been in the bar for several times all in which he had to explain the reasons behind the aggressive tactics and wrongful arresting. It is recorded that several times he was reminded of what was acceptable and what was not acceptable by the law.
In 2011, a district judge ad reminded him that he was not supposed to hold immigrants just because they did not have status. He was reminded that lack of status is not enough justification that would give the right to any law enforcement officer to detain immigrants.
Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey had noticed all these problems and had started exposing the notorious police to the members of the public through their publications. This did not augur well with the sheriff department as they felt the publication had gone beyond the accepted limits. The two had explicitly targeted Arpaio and his actions which finally led to their arrests.
The arrest brought the matter to the attention of all media coverage in the United States, and it was a national debate. Therefore, releasing someone who had attracted the wrath of the public remains controversial for many citizens to date.