Michael Lacey of Phoenix News Times is among the latest people to condemn the action taken by President Donald Trump to Pardon notorious Maricopa County, Sheriff Joe Arpaio. The pardon was confirmed by U.S District Magistrate Judge Susan R. Bolton. Joe Arpaio had been convicted in July, last year for disobeying court orders in a racial profiling case that started in 2007.
Arpaio was to be sentenced in a week’s time before the pardon came into effect. Trump’s pardon put to rest the decade-long court case against the county Sheriff.
At the time of pardon, it was exactly ten years after he outrageously arrested Michael Lacey and his media partner Jim Larkin for publishing a story about him in the Phoenix News Times, a media outlet they co-owned.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were writing exposes on his rogue behavior as the county Sheriff. For 24 years, Joe Arpaio had used the powers he had as a sheriff to commit crimes. Lacey has given his opinion about the pardon, and clearly, he has no kind words for Trump’s Administration.
According to him, this was a travesty of justice. In his own words, he said, “Donald Trump is a moron, and his pardon of Joe Arpaio proves it,” Lacey added that the action taken by Trump is not unexpected of him.
Both Trump and Arpaio share the trait of being corrupt. Joe Arpaio perpetuated some of the most horrible acts of human discrimination. He was racist and used torture as a tool of the administration. Read more: Phoenix New Times | Wikipedia and Michael Lacey | Crunchbase
Lacey noted some of the lowlights that characterized Arpaio term in office for six years; Harassment of Latinos, which led to a court case popular known as Melendres v.Arpaio, a case that finally led to his convictions, brutal jail conditions including a “concentration camp” he had established, sex-crimes involving children, inmates suicides, beating to death and diversion of funds meant for jail.
Joe Arpaio who is 86 now managed to get away with some serious crimes after his case was turned into a mere case of contempt of court. Michael Lacey says that this is a historic failure of the justice system.
There were other crimes such a death, torture and corruption that he should have faced instead of being given such an easy case of court contempt. It is hard to grasp what the criminal justice systems look for as for prosecution cases. If such crimes can be allowed to just pass without punishment, then the whole meaning of justice is lost.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are two people who know Sheriff Joe very well. After spending time exposing his illegal behaviors, they were met with an arrest in October 2007.
The two also owned another media called outlet called Village Voice media which they later sold. The idea to start Village Voice media had been born out of the Kent State Killings of 1970. The two who were dropouts of the Arizona State University was concerned about the crimes that were allowed to happen base on racial discrimination.