Pulitzer Price journalists Michael and Jim were not totally shocked when President Trump pardoned Joe Arpaio. Joe Arpaio was the sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona, who has a very long history of torturing and even killing Hispanic immigrants and Latino natives of Maricopa County.
Joe Arpaio was arrested due to the footwork of Lacey and Larkin in reporting Arpaio’s illegal activities in their newspaper, plus Sheriff Arpaio illegally arrested and jailed Lacey and Larkin in a late night raid. The only reason Arpaio was finally arrested was because he was told to cease and desist his racial treatment of the Hispanic community, especially in the filed Melendres case.
Sheriff Joe Arpaio ignored the Order. He was then arrested and jailed. The juxtaposition of the jailing of Michael and Jim was that that there was such a grassroots uproar at their sentencing by Sheriff Joe Arpaio that they were found not guilty of any crimes.
In addition, their supposed crimes which were un-founded and whereby charges were dropped because the warrants against Michael and Jim was found to be counterfeit and the prosecutor working with Sheriff Arpaio handed in illegal paperwork, meaning unconstitutional.
As such, Michael and Jim were awarded over a million dollars which the two used to create the Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund to help the underserved communities in Arizona in their fight for human rights, migrantory rights and their civil rights.
Basically, the only kind word that Lacey and Larkin had regarding the pardon of former Sheriff Joe Arpaio came in the form of recognizing Joe as America’s Worst Sheriff, with being a political bestial who knows how to protect himself.
The interpretation of this statement refers to Sheriff Joe Arpaio consistently stumping on Donald Trump’s behalf when Trump campaigned in Arizona. Now his pardon was a way for the President to return the favor. Another comment by Lackey and Larkin regarding the pardon, has resulted in the recent news media about Rex Tillerson supposedly calling the President a moron.
Lacey and Larkin simply said that they agree with Mr. Tillerson. The moron statement was allegedly attributed to Mr. Tillerson when he learned of President Trump pardoning the former Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin have worked in the news industry since they both attended Arizona State University, only to drop out and start their own news publication called the Phoenix New Times in 1972. The Phoenix New Times newspaper concentrated mainly on news about the Vietnam War at this time and the antiwar protests.
In 1983, the Phoenix New Times had grown enough capital to purchase a small Denver paper which led to joining other like-minded coastal newspapers in Los Angeles, Miami, and New York.
The New York connection for Lacey and Larkin began with their creation of the popular and awarded print and online publication, the Village Voice held by the Village Voice Media Holdings Company.