President Donald Trump has pardoned Joe Arpaio, the former Sheriff of Maricopa County.
The beginning of Joe Arpaio’s criminal prosecution was with a civil case pertaining to the illegal detainment of a Mexican citizen who was visiting the State of Arizona legally. The Mexican citizen sued Arpaio.
This event led to a judge ordering the sheriff to cease his enforcement of federal immigration laws. Arpaio disobeyed the judges order and plead ignorance when he claimed he didn’t understand what the judge meant. The judge didn’t buy it and Arpaio was charged with criminal contempt of court.
The legal battles of Arpaio would last for years, but finally culminated in 2017 when he was finally convicted of criminal contempt of court. Soon after his conviction, but prior to his sentencing, President Donald Trump offered him and pardon and now the victims of Arpaio are outraged.
None are more livid than Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, two journalists that could write a book on their encounters with Joe Arpaio.
Michael Lacey shared the thoughts of recently fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. “Donald Trump is a moron,” Lacey said. “His pardon of Joe Arpaio proves it.”
Lacey went on to say the relationship between Arpaio and Trump is a marriage of perfect evil.
Joe Arpaio has a very long list of accused crimes. A year after his election he created what Arpaio himself describes as a concentration camp. The facility lasted longer than Arpaio’s career as sheriff – it was shut down in 2017.
There have been a large number of wrongful deaths in jails operated by Arpaio. Some claim that Arpaio has used his power as sheriff to arrest, smear and manipulate his political rivals and critics. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: https://michael-lacey.com/ and https://about.me/michael-lacey
Joe Arpaio’s hatred for Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin stems from his hatred for a paper they co-owned. The Phoenix New Times was banned from press conferences, treated unfairly when they asked for county records and were threatened with arrest.
The newspaper had been reporting on the wrong-doings of Arpaio for years, when the paper released incriminating information pertaining to asset hiding, Arpaio attacked.
Their arrest led to a 3.75 million dollar settlement and the creation of Front Page Confidential and The Frontera Fund: a newspaper and a charity respectively.
About Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey
Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey were first introduced to each other in college. While in school, the two created a school newspaper to give students an alternative news source. Due to the schools conservative views concerning the right for students to protest, the school paper was a success.
When they saw how quickly their school paper rose to success, they dropped out of college to starting writing a local publication. They have since sold their original paper and started a more goal oriented publication.