Lately, a lot emanating from the office of the president has happened and termed as controversial in the United States. As a result, the move to pardon the former Sherriff, Joe Arpaio, was met with little or no surprise. However, it marks yet another act that leaves president Trump with a mark of controversy. The presidential pardon was read and validated by U.S District Judge, Susan R. Bolton.
The former Sherriff was convicted for criminal charges from a 2007 racial profiling lawsuit. However, the pardon came a few weeks before the hearing of the sentence. The validation of the amnesty marked an end to a saga that saw the former owners of Phoenix New Times (Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin) get arrested ten years ago. The two University friends had relentlessly exposed the corrupt underhanding the former Sherriff was involved.
After the pardon was validated, Lacey marked the day by pointing out the deal made. He referred it as a marriage between two corrupt individuals. He pointed out the low lights that marked the reign of Joe Arpaio. During his time as the Sherriff, women prisoners were shackled while giving birth.
Torture was the order of the day. The two examples marked but just the tip of the scandals and corruption. While his resume screams of blood and pain, Donald Trump went ahead and issued a pardon. Michael Lacey proceeded to say that such an act displays a high level of failure in the justice system.
According to Lacey, the deeds of the former Sherriff are a trail of evil for lack of a better word. Lacey and his friend had received a pinch of Joe’s brutality and cruelty in October 2007. As Lacey puts it, The Sherriff’s minions arrived at their doorstep that morning following a vendetta from 2004.
It was in that year that one of their reporters published a story that exposed Joe’s corrupt dealings. The Sherriff owned a real estate valued at $700,000. He had, however, managed to conceal his name and that of his wife from the records. Read more: Phoenix New Times | Wikipedia and Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund
Joe Arpaio resume has torture and sex violations cases. There are countless wrongful deaths on his trail. Notably, there is a diabetic woman that went into a coma after she was denied access to her medication. At times, he misused his authority to intimidate rivals from political opponents. Top of it all, the Sherriff launched an attack on President Barrack Obama by saying that his birth certificate was a forgery.
Today, the Sherriff walks free even after ruining people’s lives and careers. Michael Lacey is keen to point out that Donald Trump’s approval rating has fallen to 30 percent. Perhaps, the downward trend is just but a consequence. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are Arizona States dropouts.
However, they leveraged the campus paper and turned it into a coast-to-coast chain newspaper. After they were arrested, they sued and awarded damages amounting to $ 3.75 million. They would then venture into philanthropy using the money. They founded the Frontera Fund foundation.