The U.S. District Judge Susan B. Bolton formally validated President Donald Trump’s pardon of Joe Arpaio in October 2017. Arpaio, the former sheriff of Maricopa County in Arizona, had become a controversial figure in both American politics and the justice system in his six terms.
He was previous convicted of criminal contempt for ignoring a judge’s order in a 2007 racial profiling case. He was sentenced prior to being criminally sentenced.
Arpaio is most known for his controversial opinions on illegal immigration and his tent city prison. He is also well-known for a case for a more controversial case involving two newspaper publishers named Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey.
The way they explain it, they were harassed by Arpaio during his years as county sheriff just because they sought the truth. Lacey and Larkin, former co-owners of Phoenix New Times, sought the truth on what regarding some issues with the treatment of Hispanics, torture, brutal jail conditions and jail suicides.
Lacey, in an interview about Arpaio’s pardon, reflected about the people who were jailed in the former sheriff’s jail. He called it a failure in the justice system. He (Arpaio) ignores a contempt of court and is pardoned as opposed to being help responsible for people who were abused and tortured in his prison. According to Lacey, their lives and careers were atacked and derailed because of the former sheriff’s rules and regulations.
Lacey did not comment on his run with Arpaio’s alleged rogue criminal system. It happened back in 2007 when Lacey and Larkin were arrested and taken from their homes under the cover of darkness by plainclothes detectives in unmarked cars.
These vehicles had Mexican license plates. They were arrested for a rarely used and known criminal statute that made it a felony to make public a law enforcement official’s address.
The real reason for their bogus arrest, according to the men, was a 2004 investigative article written by their reporter. The article showed Arpaio owed commercial real estate valued at about $700,000.
However, he only made approximately $78,000 a year. Arpaio was allegedly enraged about the story and wanted revenge. He was able to allegedly obtain short-lived revenge by arresting the two co-publishers for a felony.
They threatened to sue because they were illegally detained by Arpaio and their First Amendment rights were violated.
The Ninth Circuit Court in 2012 ruled Lacey and Larkin had been arrested without needed probable case. They settled with the county for $3.75 million for the arrest.