Susan Bolton, a U.S District Judge, recently made a ruling that exonerated self-proclaimed “America’s Toughest Sheriff.” Arpaio, who was famously known as the worst sheriff in America made an infamous name for himself by perpetrating white supremacist agendas and racial and social discrimination against minority groups. Read more: Village Voice Media | Wikipedia and Jim Larkin | Angel.co
He was acquitted after a presidential pardon from Donald Trump when he visited Phoenix. Arpaio was convicted in July 2017. He was a corrupt scoundrel who misappropriated over $100 million in jail funds. His intent harassment of Latinos led to a class action suit against him (Melendres vs. Arpaio) which resulted in his criminal conviction.
In addition to his vast composition of charges, Arpaio added a criminal contempt charge when he purposefully ignored a federal judge’s order. The order asked him to appear to answer for a lawsuit that was filed against him back in 2007. Judge Bolton’s ruling ended the decade-long hunt for Arpaio’s head on a plank.
Michael Lacey is a native of Newark, N.J. Mike went to the Arizona State University. Jim Larkin also attended the same university but was born and raised in Phoenix. Jim and Lacey were both dropouts at ASU when they met up and discovered their shared passion.
In 1972, the two pioneers partnered to startup, the Phoenix News Times. The newspaper was aimed at voicing the woes of campus students who at the time were staging anti-war protests Lacey became the Executive editor of the paper while Larkin managed to advertise.
They focused on socio-political issues that were facing students. They could voice out their opinions as investigative journalists. They earned a prestigious spot as investigative journalists. This was on the verge of the break of multiple papers around the United States.
Larkin and Lacey relentlessly covered and investigated matters regarding the Joe Arpaio case. They exposed unlawful aspects of how the department had conducted itself for the past two decades. Under Arpaio’s leadership, the Maricopa County’s Department committed acts of inhumane injustices, and they stumped on human rights laws.
They were arrested when they exercised their first amendment rights. They published a piece that exposed subpoenas against the writers, the editors and the readers of their paper. They were released within 24 hours as their charges failed to add up.
This caused an outburst of public outrage across the county. The two former owners of the Phoenix News Post sued the Sheriff’s department for the wrongful arrests. The two parties reached an agreement the department decided to pay a settlement fee of 3.75 million.
Larkin and Lacey used the proceeds from the hearing to establish the Frontera Fund. The organization is aimed at helping out the oppressed minority groups around Arizona including the Latin-American groups.
Lacey in a statement protested the fact that Arpaio gets to walk away scot-free as being unlawful. He says that Arpaio should be made to pay for his hate crimes.