Former New Times co-owners Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey have expressed their shock and disappointment after President Donald Trump decided to pardon America’s Worst Sheriff, Joe Arpaio.
Last month a U.S District Court Judge validated the decision of the President in a move that did not surprise many. Joe Arpaio had been convicted for contempt of court relating to a racial profiling case dating back to 2007. Read more: Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund and Michael Lacey | Twitter
Many people in Arizona and throughout the country were anticipating his sentencing that was to happen within a couple of weeks only to hear that the former Maricopa County Sheriff had been pardoned by the president.
The ruling delivered by judge Bolton revived memories of intrigues and arrests ten years ago especially for newspapermen Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey. The two had worked so hard to ensure that Arpaio is convicted for the atrocities he committed while serving as a sheriff in Maricopa County.
Arpaio was accused of torturing and beating to death inmates as well as diverting funds meant for prison into his private accounts. Under the stewardship of Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey, the Phoenix New Times worked tirelessly to unearth Arpaio’s under dealings in the institution. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: https://about.me/michael-lacey and http://releasefact.com/2017/09/jim-larkin-and-michael-lacey-continue-fight-for-latino-rights-after-pardoning-of-joe-arpaio/
They were at one point handcuffed and taken into custody but were later released after a public outcry.
Almost everyone who comes from Arizona understands the kind of person Arpaio was when he was serving as a sheriff. He was accused of misusing his powers to get back at his enemies and any person he did not like.
He instituted investigations based on false allegations against individuals he was not in good terms with. Jim and Larkin worked day and night to piece evidence that was used to convict Arpaio.
When they heard about the decision to pardon Arpaio, Michael Lacey did not have kind words for the President. “Donald Trump is a moron and corrupt individual who does not have respect for the law, how can he pardon a well-known criminal like Joe Arpaio?” he asked
Although it did not come as a surprise to many, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin think that the judiciary and the executive had no right to pardon Joe Arpaio. “Our Judiciary system has failed this country, it has failed to protect and give justice to the victims and families affected by the crimes committed by Joe Arpaio,” said Larkin. He said that the President had shown his lack of interest in convicting criminals.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin have been friends and business partners for many years. The duo started working together while still on campus when they published the first inaugural issue of the Phoenix New Times newspaper.
They established their news agency to counter the mainstream media which they felt was not portraying the true picture of the issues affecting the society.
Jim Larkin and Michael Lacy in 2013 were paid $3.75 million in compensation following a lawsuit they launched against Maricopa County for wrongful arrest. They decided to use the money to establish a charity fund to help Latin immigrants living in Arizona.