The former Sheriff of Maricopa County, Joe Arpaio, recently received a pardon by President Donald Trump; a controversial move that became official when it was signed off by U.S. District Judge, Susan R. Bolton. Learn more about James Larkin and Michael Lacey: https://michael-lacey.com/ and http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/michael-lacey/
While few were surprised by the move, many of Joe Arpaio’s most virulent detractors weighed in on the decision. In what marked the official end of the enduring epic, the former heads of the Phoenix New Times took to the media to relay their disappointment.
This year marks a decade since Sheriff Joe Arpaio had the duo arrested at their homes, in what was widely believed to be a result of their consistent coverage of the myriad of crimes committed by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department during his reign.
The charges were immediately dropped due to their bogus nature, but the resulting lawsuit against Joe Arpaio and the Maricopa County Sheriff’s office would linger on for another three years until Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey were victorious, receiving a $3.75 million settlement.
After winning the case, Larkin and Lacey put the proceeds to a good cause, starting the Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund, which is geared at protecting the rights of minorities, in particular, the Latino population that Joe Arpaio terrorized over the course of his term as sheriff. Read more: Jim Larkin | Angel.co and Jim Larkin | Crunchbase
When speaking to the media, Michael Lacey expressed his disdain for President Trump’s decision to have “America’s toughest sheriff” pardoned referring to him as a “sheriff who advertised torture and racism,” while also detailing a number of his high-profile crimes.
During his time as an elected official, Sheriff Joe Arpaio made national news for the inhumane conditions of his jails, in particular, “tent city,” which he referred to as a “concentration camp.”
While many people were not surprised by the pardon provided by President Trump, they also suggested that, had it not happened, there would have been serious doubt as to whether the 85-year old would have served any time behind bars.
The battle between Joe Arpaio and the world-famous newspapermen began almost from the day he was elected in 1992, and due to the nature of their ongoing conflict, it was of no surprise to them that it would eventually result in more than a war of words.
Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey built their empire with the release of the first issue of Phoenix New Times, shortly after dropping out from Arizona State University.
In response to the Kent State Killings, as well as the conservative nature in which news was being covered on campus and throughout the United States, they decided to create a print paper that would provide an alternative perspective.
At the time, the demand for alternative news in America was growing at a rapid pace, and Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey knew that this would be their best opportunity to become involved. Today, the New Times is one of the most highly regarded newspaper publications in the United States and is home to the Village Voice, LA Weekly and Miami New Times.