Donald Trump’s decision to pardon Joe Arpaio was confirmed by Judge Susan R. Bolton. Joe Arpaio was convicted because he did not follow a ruling that came from a judge’s order which is related to racial profiling.
Judge Bolton’s decision sealed another story related to Joe Arpaio’s unlawful and corrupt practices that included the illegal arrests of newspaper men Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin.
The Phoenix New Times pursued and laid bare to the public all the atrocious activities of Joe Arpaio when he was still the sheriff of Maricopa County.
Ten years after their unlawful detention by Arpaio, Michael Lacey commented that U.S. Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson was correct when he said that President Trump’s move was fool’s move as demonstrated on the pardon he made of Arpaio.
Lacey went on to say that the collaboration between Donald Trump and Joe Arpaio were a picture-perfect illustration of a union between two fraudulent people. Especially Arpaio who is brutal and racist judging by the maimed bodies and corpses that were found in his jail.
Michael Lacey verbally made an accounting of Joe Arpaio’s misdemeanors such as sex crime hates that involved children, the intimidation of Latinos (the case that brought Joe Arpaio’s conviction), insufferable jail settings, suicides, deaths, and the illegal redirection of jail funds that amounted to $100 million.
Some anticipated that even if President Donald Trump did not make a move to pardon Arpaio, he still would not have spent a day inside the jail.
And that according to Lacey is a loophole in the justice system where instead of being convicted and jailed because of the unlawful things he did to other people he was going to jail because he violated a court order.
The arrests made on Lacey and Larkin were brought about by the New Times exposure of Joe Arpaio’s concealment of commercial real estate properties that were valued at $700,000 – a very expensive asset to be owned by a public servant who has an annual salary of $78,000.
Hence, Michael Lacy and Jim Larkin’s arrests were unlawful and violated their First Amendment Rights, which brought them to legally battle out their detention that led to a ruling of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals that they were detained and arrested without sufficient reason to show that they committed a crime.
The case has brought about a cash settlement of the lawsuit in the amount of $3.75 million granted by Maricopa County, which Lacey and Larkin used to organize and establish the Frontera Fund – a non-profit entity that helps migrants in the Arizona state.
President Donald Trump’s pardon of Joe Arpaio is not a surprising turn of event for those who are aware of their political alliance.
And although Arpaio will not be going to jail for his corruptions and illegal activities when he was still the sheriff of Maricopa County; organizations like the Frontera Fund are available to assist and alleviate the damage that he has done to the lives and careers of the people he has wronged.