When the news first broke that president Trump had granted a presidential pardon to sheriff Joe Arpaio Jim Larkin and Micheal lacey saw this as denial of justice. They criticized the decision as one that had stopped the wheels of justice for a man who had made a career violating the rights of others with little regard for what was right or wrong. Learn more about James Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://james-larkin.com/press/ and http://james-larkin.com/
The sheriff is regarded as one of the most brutal in the country, and this was compounded by his tough on immigration stance an agenda and ideology that would propel Trump to the white house. It was therefore not strange that trump so Sheriff Joe Arpaio as a man just doing the job he was elected to do with zero regards for context.
The sheriff ran a department that was keen on systematic racial profiling of the Hispanic community. The case would see the president grant his first presidential pardon long before he was even convicted and with that, the sheriff was spared a jail sentence of up to six months for violation of court orders.
Judge G. Murray Snow had found him guilty of violating court orders issued by fellow judge Bolton when the sheriff was sued in Melendres v. Arpaio’s for racial profiling.
The judge found him guilty of the same and ordered that the sheriff implement a raft of measures that would ensure that racial profiling would no longer be a problem in the department. Read more: Michael Lacey | Crunchbase and Jim Larkin | Crunchbase
The sheriff so entrenched in his ways did not see the need to change a thing this is what resulted in the second court case that found him guilty of violating court orders. Sheriff Joe Arpaio has a rather bad history as sheriff since his first election in 1992. In the six terms that he served as sheriff of Maricopa County, he would create tented jails that say inmates and detainees have their basic rights violated.
The sheriff oversaw the jails that claimed numerous lives through suicides, mysterious deaths as well as sexual offenses. The jails would be the subject of articles run by Jim and Michael in the phoenix new times.
When the two investigated the death of a veteran during a jail riot, as well as that of a woman who fell into a coma despite requesting for medication which she was subsequently denied despite being diabetic.
The articles did not sit well with the sheriff this was in follow up to another article an investigative piece that had focused on the sheriff’s real estate investments worth more than 700,000 for a public officer. This had marked the start of a very acrimonious relationship between the sheriff and Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin.
The sheriff considered them enemies hell-bent on to bring him down and thus his duty to cut them to size by all mean necessary.
The intimidation tactics, however, would not work on them but instead turned against him when the county was forced to settle with them for 3.75 Million after they were arrested and detained illegally. The money would be used to fund what today is known as the Frontera fund.