On the monthly edition of October in 2007, the Phoenix New Times, a publication under Village Voice Media is managed by its executives namely James Larkin and Michael Lacey. They exposed clear details regarding a grand-jury investigation. The flaunting of this grand-jury investigation had tackled the reputation of the Maricopa County sheriff, Joe Arpaio. The sheriff, who proclaimed himself as “America’s Toughest Sheriff”, had a fair share of infamous misdoings.
Arpaio together with his office has established a reputation for violating the civil rights of the people from their area in Arizona. Amongst the sheriff’s wrong doings include the extra-legal operations carried out by his office which exclusively aimed to destroy his foes in the political arena.
Another big splash of Arpaio’s controversial movements includes the arresting of both Larkin and Lacey on October 18, 2007.
Jim Larkin, a well-known man from Phoenix, Arizona, together with Michael Lacey spear headed the Phoenix New Times publication. Both of the newsmen’s publication was known to consistently flaunt the sheriff’s appalling deeds ever since the year 1992. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427818/Michael_Lacey and http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/michael-lacey/
Together with the exposure of the grand-jury details, the consistent flaunting of the sheriff’s wrongdoings is what triggered Arpaio’s illegal detaining of both Larkin and Lacey. However, the uproar regarding the arrest was so strong and instant that both men were instantly released in less than 24 hours.
Maricopa County was made responsible to pay $3.75 million which served as a settlement to resolve the wrongful arrest of both Lacey and Larkin. Rather than to use the huge amount of cash for personal interests, both men used the settlement to establish a non-profit, the Lacey & Larkin Frontera Fund.
It is believed that the organization envisions itself as a support system of the non-profit groups that strongly advocate the rights of Hispanics and Latinos in the state of Arizona. Read more: Michael Lacey | Twitter and Michael Lacey | LinkedIn
Aside from the heavy burden of the settlement, the sheriff is believed to have faced his downfall during the year 2016. The sheriff, who has served for six terms, was not granted his seventh term for the voters in his area disagreed to give him another 4 years in office.
In addition, Arpaio was imprisoned for a criminal contempt of court from the Melendres suit, an unfortunate situation he had to undergo when he was constantly disregarding the Latinos of his jurisdiction.
Much to the people’s surprise, the tabloids then revealed that a pardon, which will spare the sheriff from a term in jail, was settled by President Donald Trump. To make things even more interesting, the sheriff and the president are known to be friends for quite some time.
Stephen Lemon, a writer from the Front Page Confidential, re-presents the controversial issue between Lacey & Larkin and Arpaio. According to the write up by Lemon, Jim Larkin explicitly said that Arpaio was an awful sheriff.
Moreover, Larkin mentioned that the sheriff was a ‘great fucking politician’ for he has rubbed elbows with the president which eventually gave him the favor of being granted with the pardon.