Joe Arpaio is not new to controversies, and neither is president trump. One of the most prevalent one involved Joe Arpaio’s pardon. Arpaio’s story intertwines with Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey in a war against and for immigrants. Michael Lacey, the son of an immigrant and a dropout, came together with his partner Jim Larkin to create New Times. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://james-larkin.com/ and https://angel.co/jim-larkin-1
The paper was an alternative weekly in Arizona that dealt with sensitive issues other papers found too hot to handle. This very aspect often brought them into loggerheads with Joe Arpaio a sheriff known for his notoriety when it comes to making unsanctioned arrests as well as decisions based on suspicion.
The sheriff had been warned quite sometimes against making such arrests behind doors by court judges.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were advocates that felt strongly against immigrant targeting which opposed Arpaio’s stand. The Anti-immigrant sheriff also seemed to be in the president’s bandwagon during his campaign with the president hinting in some of his campaigns in Arizona that he would pardon Arpaio.
Jim and Michael were arrested from their homes on October 18 in 2007 after publishing an article on a grand jury that had been set up in Arizona. They did not have any idea that the jury had been set up to investigate them.
The events were instigated and executed by Joe Arpaio. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin had previously written some articles concerning Joe Araio’s dealings. The news, however, did not hit major papers as Joe was not big news to anyone then.
Their arrest and stories of exposure to corruption and unwarranted arrests became national news fast which attracted major lawmakers. The case also exposed the many misdemeanors Joe was involved in concerning the immigrants.
The court charged Joe Arpaio with criminal contempt, a charge that could lead up to 6 months of jail time without bail.
The two men were released within 24 hours after a huge public outcry and the subpoenas thwarted. The same events led to the investigation of the jury where the warrants were found to be counterfeit even as Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin sued the County.
The duo settled with the county for $3.7 million but did not stop there. They went ahead to create the Frontera Fund which is one of the biggest organizations currently fighting for the rights of immigrants. The Latino community was one of the main targets for Joe, and these enjoyed immense support from the duo. The Human rights movement also vowed to continue supporting their movement.
By 2012 the duo had sold WM to interested executives, and by then the paper already had a 9 million strong monthly readership and an impressive 56 million monthly online viewership.
They also had by this time added to their long line of journalistic honors including the renowned Pulitzer Award for Journalism. Arpaio’s rhetoric and agenda have led to more and more movements arising.