President Donald Trump’s decision to pardon Joe Arpaio did not go down well with most people from Maricopa County and in the entire country as well. Among those who were aggrieved by the President’s decision were former New Times co-owners Michael Lacy and Jim Larkin. The duo over seven years ago relentlessly worked hard to piece all manner of evidence against Arpaio. Read more: Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund and Michael Lacey | Facebook
When they heard that Donald Trump had pardoned the former Maricopa County sheriff, Michael Lacy had no kind words for the president. “I think Donald Trump has proven to this country how irresponsible and corrupt he is. His decision to pardon one of the worst criminals like Arpaio clearly demonstrates his incompetence and disregard of the law” said agitated Lacey.
Joe Arpaio was elected into office in 1992 in a move that was meant to reform the institution. He came in promising that he would completely turn around the Maricopa correctional institution which was facing several challenges including indiscipline.
As a way of demonstrating his commitment to reform the institution, he renamed himself as the “toughest sheriff in America”. However, his style of leadership raised a lot of questions few months after assuming office.
He introduced punitive and brutal measures which led to a lot of injuries and deaths of several inmates. Besides, he was also accused of mismanaging the funds meant for prison and diverting the money into his private accounts. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://releasefact.com/2017/09/jim-larkin-and-michael-lacey-continue-fight-for-latino-rights-after-pardoning-of-joe-arpaio/ and http://frontpageconfidential.com/michael-lacey-jim-larkin-arpaio-frontera-fund-first-amendment/
Being at the helm of Phoenix New Times during that period, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin gave Arpaio a hard time by exposing all the dirty works that he was doing in the institution. They were at some point handcuffed and taken in for revealing information about Arapaio’s under dealings.
Their investigations and shocking revelations brought to an abrupt end of Arpaio’s six-year term in office. Prior to his pardoning by the president, Arpaio was in contempt of court for refusing to appear and answer charges relating to a racial profiling case in 2007.
The validation of his pardon by U.S District judge brought to an end a protracted series of allegation and lawsuits against the former Maricopa County sheriff.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are among the few people who can vividly recount all the crimes committed by Joe Arpaio when he was a sheriff in Maricopa County. The duo tirelessly worked to try and seek justice for the victims who suffered under his cruel leadership.
Michael Lacey recounts how they were handcuffed and take behind bars for reporting about the former sheriff’s dirty work in the institution. The two were however paid more than $3 million for wrongful arrest by the police. They have since then continued to agitate the rights of immigrants who are being mistreated by county authorities.
The two former co-owners of Phoenix New Times started working together back in 1972 while still studying at the University. They dropped out and started their own news agency which grew into one of the leading newspapers in the U.S. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were agitated by the action of the court to validate Donald Trump’s pardoning of Joe Arpaio.