Who is Joe Arpaio
Joe Arpaio is a politician that throughout his career attempted to make a name for himself at the expense of others. He began his career under the persona of a tough on crime local sheriff. Read more: Michael Lacey | Twitter and Michael Lacey | Crunchbase
In 1993, only a year after being elected, Arpaio created an outdoor facility in the middle of the Arizona desert. Prisoners in his desert camp were treated harshly, both by the Sun and the guards. Reports of death, torture and general mistreatment emanated out of his camp.
After he made little headway treating prisoners harshly, he moved on to immigrants. Beginning in 2005, he shifted his focus to racially motivated endeavors. It was only two years later when he finally made national headlines;however, the headlines weren’t as favorable as he hoped.
Introducing Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin
In 2007, Joe Arpaio made one huge mistake: he arrested Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin. National publications such as USA Today and The Washington Post had Joe Arpaio’s illegal arrest in their pages. Thanks to the help from Lacey and Larkin’s journalistic peers, they were released almost immediately.
At the time, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin owned and operated The Phoenix New Times, the newspaper that was investigating the immoral actions of Joe Arpaio. When they released an article that revealed the contents of court subpoenas, Arpaio thought he had them.
The court ruled that the subpoenaed has every right to discuss the contents publicly should they wish; all anti-disclosure laws are their to prevent those that issue the subpoena from speaking publicly about them, not vice-versa.
A near 4 million dollar settlement in favor of Lacey and Larkin was the result of Arpaio’s arrest. Now, the duo are using the money to improve the lives of residents of Arizona.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin’s Front Page Confidential and Frontera fund are now assisting, educating and supporting not only the former victims of Arpaio but all of Arizona.
Charged, Convicted, and Pardoned
In 2017, charges finally stuck to Joe Arpaio: he was convicted of criminal contempt of court. The charges stem from the illegal arrest of a different person, a Mexican citizen who was in the country completely legally. When a judge ordered Arpaio to cease his immigration enforcement efforts, Arpaio promptly ignored them. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/immigration/2014/12/16/proceeds-arpaio-suit-fund-asu-journalism-chair/20480479/
Arpaio was charged then convicted of criminal contempt of court. Just when Arpaio’s victims were about to see justice prevail, Donald Trump pardoned his political ally, Arpaio.
“Rex Tillerson was right,” Michael Lacey began. “Donald Trump is a moron.” Michael Lacey believes that Trump’s pardoning should come as no surprise. Trump’s approval numbers are abysmal, and he’s trying to save the few supporters he has left. “Those [remaining supporters] are going to like what he did,” Lacey explains.