The validation of Joe Arpaio’s pardon against a 2007 lawsuit about racial profiling drew a lot of speculations among many American circles. Prior to this U.S President Donald Trump had already pardoned the former Maricopa County sheriff.
Judge Susan Bolton validated Joe Arpaio’s pardon. Around ten years ago, the sheriff who had ruled the county for 24 years ordered the arrest of Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey. This is after the two who are journalists and founders of Phoenix’s New Times persistently kept on exposing and reporting about the misdeeds that involved the former sheriff. Michael Lacey was particularly angered by the move by President Trump to grant Arpaio a pardon.
The human rights activist was bitter when he recalled what the former Maricopa County Sheriff had done in the county. Some of his complaints included a concentration camp that the sheriff had disguised as a city of tents, inhumane jail conditions, prisoners committing suicide, and death due to extreme battery.
In addition to this, there was also extreme harassing and racial profiling of Latin Americans, swindling of over 100 million dollars of jail funds, and bungled sex crimes investigations that involved children.
However, the case that led to the former sheriff’s arrest was the Melendres vs Arpaio one that involved racial profiling. Moreover, there are others who believe that even if the American president hadn’t pardoned him, Arpaio would not have ended up in jail.
Although Arpaio had committed various crimes, the 85-year-old ended up with a contempt charge. According to Lacey, this action is a letdown in the American justice system. Needless to say, it’s Larkin and Lacey who profiled the evil deeds of the former sheriff and it is this that led them to prison in 2007. Read more: Michael Lacey | Crunchbase and Jim Larkin | Facebook
These two activists were inspired to start a campus publication after the killings of Kent state. The two were dropouts of Arizona State University; however, this didn’t deter them from starting their media company in 1972. Their media house consisted of 17 publications. However, in 2013 they decided to sell the media house company to Voice Media.
ABOUT JOE ARPAIO:
In his heyday, Arpaio was known as one of the toughest sheriffs in America. The former DEA official was voted in the sheriff post in 1992. However, to prove that he was there to reform the system, he had to use extreme tactics. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://frontpageconfidential.com/michael-lacey-jim-larkin-arpaio-frontera-fund-first-amendment/ and http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/michael-lacey/
Regardless of this, the New Times was able to expose his real intentions to the public. Some of the deeds that the ex-sheriff was responsible for were cruel tactics to intimidate the Latino community. Moreover, he also abused his power to gain political and economic leverage in the Phoenix community.
ABOUT MICHAEL LACEY AND JIM LARKIN:
Michael Lacey was the executive editor and Jim Larkin was the CEO of the New Times. Although this paper managed to expose and report numerous social and political issues, it is an article about how subpoenas from the grand jury were targeting their staff that led to their arrest.
In addition to this, the consistent and relentless exposure and reporting of Joe Arpaio’s misdeeds was also a factor. However, after protests rocked Arizona their charges were dropped. Nonetheless, they managed to sue the county in 2013 and it’s their settlement money that started the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund.