Larkin and Lacey: Pardoned but Not Forgotten

March 15th, 2018 by admin
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Phoenix New Times co-creators Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are no strangers to the antics of former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s antics. A recent decision by US District Judge Susan R. Bolton to validate the presidential pardon issued for Arpaio has drawn the ire of many Arizona residents. Arpaio continues to be a very controversial figure in the media.

Originally trying to bill himself as America’s toughest sheriff, Arpaio only succeeded in going down as the worst. Lacey and Larkin were not surprised when Arpaio received a presidential pardon, in fact, Lacey believes that it was all in Arpaio’s backup plan.

Lacey explains that Arpaio knew that his rain was coming to an end and he wanted to find a way to protect himself so he hitched his wagon to presidential candidate Donald Trump.

The reason that Arpaio was in need of a presidential pardon was due to a violation of a previous order he had received after a 2007 racial profiling lawsuit. Not only was Arpaio to discontinue his practices, but he was also ordered to report to a court monitor to make sure that he complied with the ruling. Unfortunately for him he did neither and was found to be in contempt.

This led to his indictment for those charges, which is where Pres. Trump stepped in. Because of the President’s actions, Arpaio will never spend a day in jail for what he has done.

Lacey and Larkin have a vested interest in this story because they too have suffered at the hands of Arpaio. From the very beginning of his tenure as Maricopa County Sheriff, Lacey and Larkin have been reporting on his corrupt practices.

This led to harassment, exclusion, and outright banishment of the Phoenix New Times’ reporters from Arpaio Department. Lacey and Larkin were even arrested in 2007 themselves by the Maricopa County Police Department at the behest of Arpaio because of information they had printed in their paper. Read more: Phoenix New Times | Wikipedia and Michael Lacey | LinkedIn

There was a large public outcry against these actions and the media personalities were immediately released. They turned around and sued the county and received a settlement for $3.75 million.

Though Arpaio may be free, Lacey and Larkin have not let their own experience pass by. They founded the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund in order to help the migrant population of Arizona, the people that Arpaio targeted the most while in office. In fact, the contempt charge he received was in relation to how he treated the migrant population of Arizona.

Larkin and Lacey want to give back to other people who have been affected by this corrupt sheriff. They continue to support programs that help teach migrants about their rights, provide them with job training, and help them with other social resources. Lacey and Larkin believe that no matter who you are you deserve kindness.

Arpaio is free now, but his legacy will forever be tarnished as one of the worst Sheriff’s in America but also as one of the worst people. Anyone interested in viewing an article discussing Arpaio’s pardon may find it on the Phoenix New Times website.

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