Jim Larkin and Michael Lacy Shocked by Trump’s Action

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.


The Renowned Architectural Organization – American Institute of Architects

About the American Institute of Architects

The American Institute of Professional (AIA) is an organization that was established to deal with the architectural profession in the United States. It was formed for the chief purpose of advancing and elevation of the professional practice and licensing qualified members. AIA was founded by a group of 13 architects that met on February 23, 1857, in New York. The team also invited 16 prominent architects that helped establish the organization.

Moreover, AIA premiered the organization that offers licenses to architects and professionals in the field of design and construction. AIA also provides architectural experience to help educate upcoming architects. The first president of AIA was called Richard Upjohn while the current is Robert Ivy. The constitution was drafted under the name New York Society of Architects on March 10, 1857. Further, the AIA was incorporated two months after the first meeting while the constitution was signed by the members on April 15, 1857.

The company was formed to offer key elements in the architectural profession that includes education, community development, government advocacy and improve its public image. What’s more, the organization coordinates with other related members in the design and construction industry. Also, since its inception, AIA incorporated an integral role in the public health and disaster relief solution. An instance that dates back was the Washington DC area where there was draining of swamps, and space was used to create recreational space.

About Robert Ivy

Robert Ivy is the executive vice president and CEO of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). He was unanimously chosen as the leader of the AIA on February 1, 2011. Mr. Ivy had been a dedicated member of the AIA since the 1990s where he served on the board of directors. Equally important,Robert Ivy is an award-winning editor since he had a background in editing and was the chief editor of Architectural Record. Under his leadership, Record grew tremendously where it became the most sorted after architectural journals globally. He has also worked as the vice president and editorial director of McGraw- Hill construction media since 2003.

Furthermore, in 2010 Robert Ivy was named as the master architect by Alpha Rho Chi. He has been previously awarded the Crane Awards in 2009 which was the American business media’s highest acknowledgment for an individual. Again, Mr. Ivy has heavily advocated for the architecture profession on issues. He graduated with masters in architecture from Tulane University in Louisiana and also did graduated from the University of South Tennessee with a B.A in English.