The criminal conviction handed down by a federal judge to Joe Arpaio has been turned around by U.S. District Judge Bolton when she issued a pardon in favor of the former sheriff of Maricopa County. Arpaio was supposed to be sentenced when the pardon came just weeks before. In any event, the pardon that Donald Trump wished for Arpaio was finally confirmed by Judge Bolton.
Michael Lacey, of the Larkin & Lacey tandem, only has harsh words against the decision. He said that Rex Tillerson was right in saying that Donald Trump is a moron. He also added that this is a perfect marriage for two corrupt individuals, perhaps referring to President Trump and Judge Bolton.
Readers would remember that a long and protracted battle is raging between Larkin & Lacey against former sheriff Arpaio which stemmed from the botched effort of the latter in putting the tandem in jail back in 2007.
The current conviction of Arpaio is for another case, that of the criminal contempt that the former sheriff committed when he ignored a federal judge in a case stemming from a racial profiling lawsuit. In any case, Lacey was very critical of the pardon handed down by Judge Bolton. Read more: Phoenix New Times | Wikipedia and Michael Lacey | Crunchbase
Lacey, together with his partner Jim Larkin, were co-owners of the Phoenix New Times, a local paper in Arizona. The two run an expose of the shady activities of Arpaio during his two-decade reign as a sheriff in Maricopa, County.
Larkin & Lacey have accused Arpaio of many crimes that he committed to prison inmates and other civilians in his jurisdiction at the time he was the reigning sheriff. Those crimes include sex crimes that involved young children, humiliation inmates by forcing them to wear certain clothing, beatings, mutilations and many more. The duo ran article after article in their New Times newspaper exposing these alleged crimes of Arpaio. This angered Arpaio and planned to put the two in jail.
On Oct. 18, 2007, a fully armed posse from Arpaio’s Selective Enforcement Unit barged into the private homes of Larkin & Lacey and forcefully collared the two and placed them in two separate jails, both supervised by the former sheriff. Learn more about James Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://james-larkin.com/press/ and http://james-larkin.com/
But things didn’t turn out the way the sheriff wanted. A massive public outcry ensued which forced the sheriff to release the two in less than 24 hours. That started the long drawn-out legal battle of Larkin & Lacey versus Arpaio.
Eventually, the court found out that the arrest warrants issued by the court were counterfeits. Subsequently, the grand-jury inquiry was also squashed. In effect, Larkin & Lacey were free to go.
The two claimed that the subpoenas issued to them by the grand-jury were insulting to the constitution of the United States and the readers of the Phoenix New Times.