Jim Larkin and Michael Lacy Respond to Donald Trump’s Pardoning of Joe Arpaio

The decision by the U.S District Judge, Susan R. Bolton last week in Arizona to validate the pardoning of a former Sheriff of Maricopa County, Joe Arpaio caught a few people by surprise.

Arpaio had been convicted for contempt of a court order. He was facing a racial profiling case dating back to 2007 and was waiting for sentence just before the presidential pardon came through. The ruling brings to and ends the over 10-year trial which was characterized by a controversial arrest of Jim Larkin and Michael Lacy, previous co-owners of Phoenix New Times. Under the leadership of the duo, the New Times thoroughly unearthed the scandals and every shred of evidence which finally resulted to an end of the sheriff’s career. Read more: Jim Larkin | Crunchbase and Jim Larkin | Angel.co

Upon hearing the news about the pardon, Lacy stated that Rex Tillerson was right when he said that Donald Trump was a moron. “This action by Trump to pardon Joe Arpaio proves that indeed he is a moron,” said agitated Lacy. “Arpaio and Donald Trump deserve each other, they are both corrupt racists who commit crimes and walk away scot free” he added.

Lacy exposed sickening evidence of all the atrocities committed by Arpaio while serving as a sheriff. He is accused of torturing and killing inmates as well as diverting $100 million of jail funds. Although Donald Trump stepped in, many people doubted that Arpaio who turned 85 recently would have stayed long behind bars.

Larkin and Lacy fought so hard to see Arpaio behind bars, and at one point they were handcuffed and taken by Arpaio’s “goons” Downtown in October 2007. They were so disappointed to see Arpaio walking out of prison.

About Michael Lacy & Jim Larkin

Michael Lacy is a son of a construction worker who was brought up in Newark, N.J. He later moved to West in 1960 to attend Arizona State University. He dropped out of campus in 1970 after publishing the first issue of the Phoenix New Times together with a few other students in response to the unbiased coverage of campus anti-war protests.

Lacy later became the executive director of the New Times with his business partner Jim Larkin handling the advertising department. The free weekly newspaper grew in bounds covering major social, political and economic issues often shied away from mainstream media. In 1993, the New Times grew even bigger after it bought Westword Denver’s weekly newspaper.

Larkin and Lacy were arrested on October 18, 2007, after they revealed through the Phoenix New Times that the grand jury, subpoenas were targeting the writers and editors of the company. Consequently, the subpoenas were defeated hence bringing the grand jury to a dead end.

It is also worth noting that in late 2013, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacy were paid $3.5 million by the Maricopa County for wrongful arrest lawsuit that was brought against it. Later in the year, the two decided to form Lacy & Larkin Frontera Fund using the money they were awarded by the court to assist Latin-America groups in Arizona State.

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