Joe Arpaio’s conviction for criminal contempt in July 2017 should have seen him behind bars. But fortunately for him, President Donald Trump issued a pardon for him for the said conviction. Trump’s pardon may have been due in part to Arpaio’s support for the birther movement that Trump started against President Obama.
Because of this, Michael Lacey commented that despite Joe Arpaio’s notorious reputation as sheriff of Maricopa County, he is a good politician. He further said that the political collaboration of Joe Arpaio and Donald Trump is the perfect union of two corrupt people.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin had had a very long history with Joe Arpaio when the former were the owners of Phoenix New Times, and the latter was the incumbent sheriff of Maricopa County. Joe Arpaio’s long list of atrocities includes building a tent city where he abused prisoners, having hard-headed inmates beaten, and the unexplained deaths that happened in his jails.
His abuse of authority was not lost on Lacey and Larkin who exposed and condemned the rogue sheriff at every turn, which happened often. As retaliation, Arpaio banned New Times reporters from his press conferences and delayed the issuance or requested public documents by the New Times.
Joe Arpaio cannot take it anymore when the publication accused him of owning several commercial real estate properties that were valued at $700,000. The big question then was how somebody with a $78,000 yearly income afford to buy such expensive properties.
After the said accusation became public, Arpaio had Lace and Larkin arrested issuing illegal arrest warrants so they can be hauled to jail in the darkness of the night by plainclothes detectives and unmarked police cars.
Five years after the incident, Maricopa County settled Lacey and Larkin’s wrongful arrest by paying them $3.75 million. The funds from the case settlement were used by Lacey and Larkin to establish the Frontera Fund whose main goal is to support the rights of migrants and immigrants.
Joe Arpaio’s criminal conviction happened because he did not follow the order given by Judge G. Murray Snow that commanded him and his office to stop abusing Latinos in 2011. But despite the order, Arpaio and his men continued rounding up Latinos for the following 18 months.
This provoked Judge Snow to declare that Arpaio and his office has engaged in racial profiling. And although Arpaio claims that he did not understand the judge’s orders he was still convicted of the crime. A year after his conviction he also lost the bid to be re-elected to the sheriff’s office for a seventh term. Learn more about James Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://frontpageconfidential.com/michael-lacey-jim-larkin-arpaio-frontera-fund-first-amendment/ and http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/blogs/az-aclu-honors-new-times-founders-jim-larkin-and-mike-lacey-as-civil-libertarians-of-the-year-6500737
Many thought that Arpaio will now be made to pay for his sins, but because of President Trump’s pardon, he won’t be seeing a day in jail, which is quite unfortunate for the people he mistreated and wronged. Luckily, Lacey and Larkin were able to establish the Frontera Fund that would help assuage the corrupt legacy he left behind.
As of this time, the fund has already assisted organizations and helped Hispanics and Latinos who were discriminated by law enforcers and public officials.
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