Jim Larkin and Michael Lacy React to the Pardoning of Joe Arpaio
The pardoning of Joe Arpaio by the U.S District Judge, Susan Bolton a few weeks ago may have been expected by many but not Jim Larkin and Michael Lacy. The duo had relentlessly worked to piece all manner of evidence which finally resulted into the conviction and dismissal of Joe Arpaio as sheriff of Maricopa County. Judge Bolton authorized President Trump’s pardon of the former sheriff.
When the news of his Pardoning came out, probably Jim Larkin and Michael Lacy were the most disappointed. They are the ones who tirelessly worked to piece together evidence of the atrocities committed by Arpaio while serving as a sheriff. Arpaio is accused of torturing and killing inmates as well as misappropriating funds meant for prison. 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/ and http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/relevant-links/
Michael Lacy said that Donald Trump had proven right statements recently made by several of his former stuff members that he is a moron. “I now do not have any doubts about Donald Trump, he has proven that he is a moron and by pardoning Arpaio, both of them are corrupt individuals who have no respect for other people and the law,” reacted Lacy.
While at the helm of the New Times, Michael Lacy and Jim Larkin extensively covered the case ad exposed crucial evidence which led to the conviction of Joe Arpaio. They were even arrested at some point but letter release because of lack of evidence.
For them, justice for the inmates who were being mistreated and their families was the most important thing. “Our justice system has failed us, someone commits such grave atrocities, he is found guilty and later he is pardoned by the highest authority in the land. Where are we headed as a country?” posed Lacey. Read more; Jim Larkin | Angel.co and Michael Lacey | LinkedIn
Jim Larkin and Michael Lacy started their career back in 1972 when Larkin dropped out of campus and teamed up with Michael Lacy to start the Phoenix New Times which was inspired by a biased coverage of news in the University especially about students’ anti-war protests by the mainstream media.
Lacey served as the executive director whereas Jim Larkin headed the advertising section of the business. Their newspaper gained popularity as they were uncompromising in their stories. They took head on critical issues affecting people social, economic and political.
The former owners of the New Times were disturbed by the action of the President to pardon Joe Arpaio. They felt betrayed by the U.S Justice System considering the efforts they had put to ensure that the victims affected by Arpaio’s actions get justice. They condemned the action of President Donald Trump to pardon Arpaio without considering the victims.
Larkin and Lacy at some point were wrongfully arrested by the Maricopa County Authority and actions that led to them being awarded $3.75 million after it was established that they had not committed any offense. They used the funds to start the Larkin & Lacy Frontera Fund meant to assist Latin American people across Arizona State. The Trust Fund has so far benefited thousands of people in Arizona.