The Pardon Of America’s Rogue Lawman Continues To Draw Widespread Condemnation

Joe Arpaio is the former sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona. He continues to set a precedent in what many following the saga are terming as the hand of impunity.

The lawman was about to get his sentence for criminal contempt when he was pardoned by the US President. He has been under increased scrutiny and criticism attracting hordes of protesters opposed to the presidential pardon. For over ten years, numerous scandals have dogged the former sheriff’s reign.

Media executives Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey have had their sights trained on the lawman for a long time. Despite being stifled, threatened and even jailed, they continued to expose scandals, reports of corruption, discrimination and financial mismanagement at the lawman’s office.

Through the Phoenix New Times, the two journalists have fearlessly reported on the insidious activities and injustices meted out by the former sheriff to the residents of Arizona.

The two executives revisited the issue almost a decade after their arrest and incarceration by the sheriff. According to Michael Lacey, the president is entrenching corruption, racism, torture, and discrimination into the highest office in the land.

Some of the sticky issues the lawman faces include inhumane jails, diversion of correctional facility finances and poor investigations of criminal cases leading to hundreds of unsolved crimes.

Similarly, the lawman stands accused of racial profiling and harassment of the Latino community in the state. This latter issue resulted in Joe Arpaio’s criminal verdict.

Michael Lacey believes the justice system is long overdue for reform. He reiterates it was wrong for the saga to end with the lawman refusing to follow a judge’s orders instead of paying the price.

The former sheriff should be nailed for the deaths, torture, abuse, and damage to people’s lives that he perpetrated against the residents of Arizona. He brought it on himself in a spirited campaign to appear as the toughest sheriff in the country. He has been involved in endless scuffles with the journalists. He has been reported to ban them from appearing at his press conferences.

In addition, he delayed requests for state records and threatened to arrest the reporters for no valid reason. The two reporters already won against the rogue lawman in 2013 for improper arrest and abuse of their rights under the First Amendment. They used the $3.75 million settlement by Maricopa County to start a non-profit, the Lacey & Larkin Frontera Fund.

The organization fights for migrant, civil and human rights with a strong focus on charities with aligned causes in the state of Arizona. The former officer is a terrible sheriff, but he is also a very intuitive politician. His endorsement of the candidature of Donald Trump earned him a get-out-of-jail card, which he proudly used. The presidential pardon is a consolidation of partisan traction to please the local base.

Through the non-profit, the two media executives are set to keep fighting for migrant rights in Arizona and beyond. They are slated to take their battle to the next level through an online portal dubbed front page confidential. The site promises smarter advocacy for free speech and respect for their rights under the first amendment.

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Frontera Fund Co-founders Reflect on the Arpaio Ordeal

Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin became famous names for the press after their ordeal with former sheriff Joe Arpaio who headed the police department of the Californian Maricopa County ten years ago.

Journalists based in Phoenix, Arizona, Lacey, and Larkin have been working in media for decades. They created a number of news outlets such as Phoenix New Times and the newspaper chain Village Voice Media. Michael Lacey was the editor of the latter at the time, and Jim Larkin was the Chief Executive Officer of the newspaper chain. Later Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin founded Front Page Confidential as well.

Ten years ago, Larkin and Lacey became involved with Joe Arpaio personally. Californian media used to write a lot about Joe Arpaio who was back then the sheriff of Maricopa County. Joe Arpaio vastly misused his power as head of the department and brought dishonor to the badge as he used it to racially profile citizens across the Maricopa County.

Over the course of his pseudo-career, Joe Arpaio did so much harm that he was dubbed ”worse sheriff in America” by hundreds of publications. His transgressions range from his notorious Ten City to him giving out orders to shackle expectant mothers to the hospital beds during childbirth.

Joe Arpaio has had a vast number of detainees who have died in his cells as well as many extralegal campaigns to curb his political foes, carried out by his deputies. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: and

Joe Arpaio racially profiled hundreds of people living in his jurisdiction. He was confident, or rather audacious, enough to demand the names of the people who had read the articles about him from the owners of the online news outlets as well. He sent an e-mail to the news outlet of Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin a well which did not stand unpunished, and so Lacey and Larkin had an expose about it up on their site. The ordeal escalated when Joe Arpaio had his men enter the homes of Lacey and Larkin during the night and arrest the journalists.

Lacey and Larkin were taken to separate jails- both were under Arpaio’s jurisdiction. That raised the outrage of people, and the journalists were released several hours after. This ordeal resulted in the court case Melendres v Arpaio which ultimately brought down Joe Arpaio and disabled him from the power to commit his crimes.

Five years later, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin left behind their journalistic careers and focused on protecting people and empowering organizations and foundations to do the same. The court case earned them a settlement of almost 4 million dollars which they used to create the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund.

Now, five years after the end of the court case, the Frontera Fund is a thriving organization that enables Arizona-based groups to achieve their mission and protects the right of immigrants, refugees, and many minorities.

The Frontera Fund supports organizations that provide medical care, legal representation, living help, education, protection for undocumented and underprivileged individuals, and more.

Read more: Phoenix New Times | Wikipedia and Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund