Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin Outraged at Arpaio’s Pardon
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin believe that Joe Arpaio deserved more charges than just criminal contempt of court. Lacey and Larkin believe that Arpaio is guilty of numerous crimes such as negligent homicide, assault, sex-crimes, hate crimes, and harassment.
Taking into consideration the long list of crimes that Lacey and Larkin believe Arpaio to be guilty of, you can imagine their response when Arpaio received a presidential pardon from Donald Trump.
Arpaio was ordered by a judge to cease his enforcement of federal immigration laws, an order which Arpaio promptly ignored. Arpaio was then charged with criminal contempt of court. Ever since Trump took office, the media began wondering whether Trump was brazen enough to pardon the controversial local politician, and he was.
“[Arpaio and Trump are] the perfect marriage of two corrupt individuals,” Michael Lacey said. “Look at the grim parade of corpses and mutilated bodies that came out of that jail of his.”
Michael Lacey attributed the pardon and lack of serious charges against Arpaio as a complete failure of the justice system. “It ends up with contempt of court…as opposed to being held accountable for the people who were [killed, tortured and abused.
In case you are wondering where Larkin and Lacey’s hatred for Joe Arpaio comes from, it is certainly not without reason. Larkin and Lacey, as the owners of The Phoenix New Times, initiated an journalistic investigation against Arpaio. Eventually Arpaio had the duo subpoenaed and arrested under unlawful circumstances.
The two paper-men were almost immediately released and that is when they filed a lawsuit against the county Arpaio represents. Larkin and Lacey went on to win the lawsuit and have since started a couple of new organizations to fight against the oppressive agenda of people like Joe Arpaio.
With the settlement money received from the Arpaio incident, Larkin and Lacey founded a new paper, Front Page Confidential, in order to inform people of instance where their first amendment rights were being stepped on. The page publishes pieces concerning politics, civil rights and human rights. By making use of their new publication, the former Phoenix New Times owners intend to do their part in the battle against oppressive politicians.
A newspaper wasn’t the only thing the two did with their settlement money. Larkin and Lacey have also created their own charitable organization. With the intent of assisting local immigrant in the State of Arizona, they created the Frontera Fund. By applying their time and resources to the Frontera Fund, the journalists assist and educate immigrants on their rights.
In a time when the average United States citizen is having their first amendment rights criticized on a daily basis by its political leaders, it is impossible to express the importance of individuals like Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin.
Most of us don’t have the resources needed to fight against such forces, but Lacey and Larkin do. The two have shown that they will do whatever possible to prevent the situation that happened to them from happening to anyone else.
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