Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio was pardoned by President Donald Trump recently. Two former newspapermen have released a detailed response his pardon. Arpaio was convicted for criminal contempt by a judge. It is believed that President Trump pardoned Arpaio since he was one of the early loyal supporters. He supported the claims made by President Donald Trump that President Barack Obama was not born in Hawaii.
An independent newspaper known as Phoenix New Times ran by Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin published several stories about Joe Arpaio about ten years ago. Some of the stories covered by the newspaper included the tent city which he had created, concentration camp, and the death of inmates in his jail among many other unpleasant stories about him.
When Joe Arpaio had of these stories, he ordered for the arrest of Michael Lacey and his counterpart Jim Larkin, sending his deputies to the houses of the two newspapermen to have them arrested.
The deputies arrived at the houses of Lacey and Larkin at midnight, arrested them and hauled them to one of Arpaio prisons using unmarked vehicles.
Lacey and Larkin were released the following day after the county’s prosecutor refused to charge them with any offense and due to the public demand to have them released. Learn more about James Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://james-larkin.com/ and http://james-larkin.com/about/
Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey sued the county because of these events. They successfully won the case, and the court awarded them $3.75 million.
They put the money into Frontera Fund where the money is being used to defend people whose rights have been violated throughout Arizona. Most of the people benefitting from this program are migrants and Hispanics.
Immediately after Donald Trump pardoning Arpaio, Michael Lacey released a statement, in his statement, Michael Lacey said that he was in full agreement with what Rex Tillerson said about Trump, that Trump was a complete idiot.
He said that the statement made by Rex could be proved by the fact that Donald Trump has pardoned the most corrupt person, Joe Arpaio.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin attended Arizona State University, during a period when students were protesting against the Vietnam War among other issues.
That was late 1960’s to early 1970’s. They dropped out from the university and started a free campus newspaper with Jim Larkin as the Chief Executive Officer and Michael Lacey as the executive editor. Read more: Jim Larkin | LinkedIn and Jim Larkin | Crunchbase
The company aimed to inform the public about the real course of the protests, something that Phoenix had blackened. Gradually, Phoenix New Times achieved a lot of success under the leadership of Michael Lacy and Jim Larkin.
They managed to build a nationwide independent newspaper under the Village Voice Media. The company grew and had 17 newspaper in big cities and large markets such as New York.
The company was sold to new ownership in 2013, known as Voice Media Group. Lacey and Larkin said that the pardon of Joe Arpaio is a miscarriage of justice and compared the relationship between Arpaio and Trump as marriage between two very corrupt people.