When President Trump recently pardoned a long time accuser of Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, two men who were allegedly guilty of sharing information that was not supposed to be shared on a case for the Grand Jury, people were not that shocked. Read more: Michael Lacey | LinkedIn and Phoenix New Times | Wikipedia
After all, President Trump has sided with practically everything that is unexpected since taking office. It comes as no big surprise. Larkin and Lacey had apparently been writing something that the Sheriff, who had been pardoned as you may recall, had done. Here are the details.
Lacey and Larkin had created a publication called the FrontPage that has been publishing some things that Sheriff Joe Arpaio did not approve of at all.
A bust was organized on the pair of newsmen and history forever changed. It was obvious that he did not want them to remain free. It gets even more complicated. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427427/Jim_Larkin and http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427818/Michael_Lacey
The sheriff had also been accused of some serious things himself. Those things were catching up to him now. He allegedly had a habit of cuffing expectant mothers to their beds.
The sheriff failed to appear at the civil court appearance and that resulted in his arrest. President Trump has taken care of those charges for the time being. Considering the charges against Larkin and Lacey came after all of that was covered by the news, it goes without saying that the noose was closing for the sheriff. It looked plain fishy to the public by that time.
Come election day, it was all over for Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who by now was gaining the reputation as the “sheriff of revenge.” He has never been charged with any abuse of power at all. That can come later. For now though, the ten-year saga has dragged on and has haunted Lacey and Larkin.
The money that was made from the civil suit won by the pair against the sheriff probably has not helped make the sheriff any friends either. Lacey and Larkin put that money to good use by creating a fund to help people dealing with this type of malarky get the legal assistance they need.
Larkin and Lacey are clearly devoted to serving the pursuit of freedom of speech. They have been quoted as saying that they will pursue this all the way to defend the right for that and stand against the tyranny of the crooked sheriff. Who today, is a sheriff no more.