President Donald Trump has pardoned Joe Arpaio, the former county sheriff of Maricopa. U.S District Judge Susan Bolton effected his pardon in October 2017. This pardon came a month before he was sentenced for contempt of court. Joe Arpaio was found guilty of contempt court orders in July 2017. Read more: Phoenix New Times | Wikipedia and Michael Lacey | Crunchbase
The court had outlined reforms that needed to be implemented in the county when determining a court case involving the county and two journalists, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey. At the same time, the courts found the Arpaio agency guilty of racial profiling and recommended that the two journalists be paid $3.75 million in case settlement.
This case proved the racial profiling accusations that have been leveled against the former Sheriff who is now 86 years. Joe Arpaio according to Lacey and Larkin committed crimes that should have led to a serious conviction. Some of the crimes that his administration committed can never be allowed in this day and age. Apart from racial profiling, Arpaio used his office to settle political scores. He was used by some politician to start investigations into the birth certificate scandal of former president Barack Obama. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/ and http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/immigration/2014/12/16/proceeds-arpaio-suit-fund-asu-journalism-chair/20480479/
He also used the powers he had to conduct illegal investigations on a judge who was presiding over a case where he was accused of torturing a Latino. The case is popularly known as Melendres v. Arpaio. As of today, the court case has resulted in compensation totaling to over $70 million. It is clear that the actions of Joe Arpaio have come back to haunt the citizens of the county who have to be charged for these court settlements.
Joe Arpaio according to Lacey and Larkin did not deserve to be pardoned. He is yet to be taken through prosecution for the crimes he committed at a personal level. Some of them would land him permanently in jail for their seriousness. There are cases of torture, sex crimes, and deaths that hang over his head.
“It is sad that he will never face prospection for the crimes he committed,” Lacey added. The whole meaning of the justice system is lost if such people can be let off the hook just like that. In this day and age, it is hard to believe that any serious administration would let such a person go scot-free. The justice system has failed in its role of offering justice and fair treatment to every member of the society.
For Lacey and Larkin, they were lucky to have pushed for their case to be hard before Trump came into power. The $3.75 million that the two were given as compensation for their mistreatment following an illegal arrest by Arpaio is now being used to support activities of immigrants in the state of Arizona. Lacey and Larkin are committed to stopping such travesty of justice from happening again.
They have a foundation known as Frontera Fund Foundation which supports the activities of migrant’s rights groups in the state. So, far, quite a good number of rights groups have benefited from the foundation. Lacey and Larkin are playing the small part they can to ensure that such a thing never happens again.