Few were surprised in Arizona, when Judge Bolton justified President Trump pardoning Maricopa County’s former sheriff Joe Arapio from a criminal contempt charge brought on by a federal judge over a racial profiling suit from 2007.
The judge’s ruling put an end to the Arapio chronicles, which had been ongoing for nearly a decade. The Arapio accounts included outrageous and extreme proceedings including the arrests of Jim Larkin and Michael Lacy, former owners of Phoenix New Times, which continuously covered scandals interposing sheriff Arapio’s administration. Read more: Michael Lacey | LinkedIn and Village Voice Media | Wikipedia
Nearly ten years after Lacey’s arrest he speaks out of his epoch enemy. Agreeing with Rex Tillerson, Lacy refers to the President as a moron for pardoning the sheriff, claiming that Arapio’s corruption resulted in brutal conditions in the jail, particularly the sheriff’s concentration camp and the many inmates that were killed while housed there.
Lacy’s list of accusations continued to include exploitations, immoralities and frauds. Lacy claims that in addition to the many beating deaths and suicides, that Arapio had his hand in money laundering and diversion of more than $100 million.
Furthermore, Lacey claims that Arapio continuously botched investigations of sex crimes and child sex crimes and that he brazenly harassed and abused Latinos, which is the action that led to Arapios conviction.
Lacey and Larkin are convinced that Arapio was most likely not going to spend any time in jail whether or not the President pardoned him, and they are appalled that the charges were reduced to contempt of court leaving all these victims with no justice.
Lacey and Larkin recall the day they were arrested for scrutinizing the Sheriff. These two men operated their campus paper comprising numerous publications including one in New York. Lacy served as executive editor and Larking as CEO until they sold their company in 2013 to Voice Media group.
During his reign, Sheriff Arapio responded to the attention Larkin and Lacy were adorning on him through their publication the New Times’ by banning their reporters from all of his press conferences and continuously threatening New Times’ reporters with arrest. Using the power of his position, Arapio constantly delayed Larkin and Lacy’s appeals to access county records.
Lacy states that as he looks back at these scenarios, that it seems it should have never escalated beyond word bashing. Larking adding his opinion, claims that being an ongoing thorn in the sheriff’s side ultimately led to their arrests.
The night they were arrested they were taken away by undercover officers in vehicles with Mexican plates. The New Times’ published the article, “breathtaking Abuse of the Constitution” on the day of their grand jury trial, laying out the contents of the unconstitutional subpoena they had been served.
As soon as the edition was published, Lacey and Larkin were arrested and charged with revealing grand jury secrets. Receiving public support from the community and numerous popular publications and news reporters, Lacy and Larkin were released. They sued and ended up taking a $3.75 million settlement.
In closing, Lacey and Larkin agree that Sheriff Arapio was a terrible sheriff and even a worse jailer but since he was such an awesome politician he most likely would have never paid for his crimes even if President Trump had not pardoned him.