There have been quite a few controversial presidential pardons over the years but the most recent is that of Joe Arpaio, the scumbag sheriff notorious for committing heinous crimes against humanity. This is the story of how his fiendish antics were finally brought to light.
About ten years ago, Arapaio was still the sheriff of Maricopa County who was constantly irked by the spotlight the media had shined on him. He was particularly infuriated with two people in particular.
Michael Lacey is the executive editor of Village Voice Media newspaper and Jim Larkin is the CEO. The two of them would unwittingly became Arpaio’s next target.
At the time, Village Voice Media was publishing multiples articles and stories exposing Arpaio for the corrupt scumbag he is. However, the two were completely unaware of the fact that they were currently the subject of a grand jury investigation.
This eventually led to them getting arrested. However, they were released shortly thereafter and promptly filed a lawsuit against Arpaio for wrongful imprisonment in which they exposed even more of his corrupt activities and malpractices.
The case was eventually settled out of court with the plaintiffs being awarded $3.7 million. This was the beginning of the downfall for the criminal known as Joe Arpaio.
The scandal surrounding the lawsuit resulted in Arpaio losing the next election for Sheriff which would have been his seventh term. Then he incurred more legal trouble after being charged with contempt in connection with the Melendres lawsuit.
It was only by worming his way into the good graces of Donald Trump that he was able to receive a presidential pardon. Trump was inclined to pardon Arpaio due to his endorsing him during his campaign as well as the need he felt to appease those idiots that Trump calls his base.
Born to a construction worker, Michael Lacey grew up in the late 60’s in Newark, New Jersey. He eventually matriculated at Arizona State but dropped out after attempting to fight back against the conservative rhetoric being spread throughout the campus.
Eventually, he met Jim Larkin with whom he would become business partners and they created a newspaper called New Times in which they tackled the most prominent political and social issues facing the nation.
In 1983, they purchased Westword, a news and arts paper located in Denver and this would eventually lead to their employment at the Village Voice.
Of course, Arpaio is not out of the woods just yet. Due to his racist views and policies, many human rights and activist organizations have risen up over the years in an attempt to fight back against his racist and hateful rhetoric.
These groups are especially adamant about protecting the Latino community that Arpaio consistently tried to oppress every chance he got and these groups have made progress. Read more: Jim Larkin | Crunchbase and Michael Lacey | Twitter
In 2017, he was charged with criminal contempt which could lead to him serving up to six months in prison. Hopefully, with this new lawsuit, he’ll finally be forced to face the music and receive the lengthy jail sentence he so richly deserves.