September 14, 2018 · Business

The evening of October 18, 2007 marked the beginning of an infamous scandal in Maricopa County, Arizona. Long-standing county sheriff, Joe Arpaio ordered the arrests of Mike Lacey and Jim Larkin, writers for the Phoenix New Times who had been reporting on his constant infringements while serving as sheriff.

In their articles, Lacey and Larkin exposed Arpaio for many offenses such as mistreatment of jail inmates and the discrimination of Latinos. Read more: Michael Lacey | Crunchbase and Lacey and Larkin Speak Out on Trump Pardon of Arpaio | Phoenix New Times

Officially, Lacey and Larkin were arrested for composing a story that disclosed how officials at the Maricopa County Attorney’s office organized for grand jury subpoenas to be delivered to employees of the Phoenix New Times.

These subpoenas demanded for personal information from them such as their browsing history and IP addresses. So what did Lacey and Larkin do? Most would have succumb to the subpoenas, but not them. Instead, they did what they did best: write. When asked why there being confined, their response was just that, “for writing”.

They were, however, incarcerated for less than 24 hours, as news spread and pressure from the public pushed for their release. The unlawful incarceration resulted in a court case that ended in a settlement of $3.7 million for Lacey and Larkin in 2013. The settlement money was put into the Frontera Fund.

Fast forward to 2018. Arpaio is no longer the sheriff of Maricopa County. It has now been a little more than 10 years since the notorious arrests were made and Trump has now officially granted him a presidential pardon.

Since his inauguration in 1992, Arpaio has been the center of attention for his various unjust orders against women and immigrant inmates. He many times detained immigrants unconstitutionally, leading him to being reprimanded for his illegal actions, actions that went as far as the U.S. District Judge, Murray Snow having to personally scold him for his misconduct in 2011.

Many of his wrongdoings were kept away from the public until that year. Nevertheless, he continued his ways, pushing his employees to continue the discrimination of immigrants in Maricopa County. It was at that point that Lacey and Larkin began exposing Arpaio for who he really was.

Though at first the articles were not given much attention by the public, the stories of Arpaio’s illicit actions slowly began to receive awareness throughout the country.

The court battle that ended in the multi-million dollar settlement for Lacey and Larkin did not settle well for Arpaio. Though he did continue on as sheriff for the next few years, he was not re-elected in 2016 and was later accused of yet another misdoing.

Even so, his great experience in politics helped him secure a spot in Trump’s administration during Trump’s presidential campaign. Many saw this as a lifeline for him after his unsuccessful re-election and Trump’s pardon seems to be the first step towards Arpaio’s political revival. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://frontpageconfidential.com/michael-lacey-jim-larkin-arpaio-frontera-fund-first-amendment/ and http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/michael-lacey/

So what is next for Arpaio? It is clear that he does not have the support of Arizona’s Latino community or even the entire Latino community’s support throughout the nation for that matter.

The pardon from Trump has given Arpaio yet another glimpse of political life, but one thing is for sure: he is in an uphill battle against human rights groups that want him gone for good! Now is the time to see what lies ahead for his political career.

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