When you look at their online presence, it initially appears that Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey like to trash talk Joe Arpaio. However, nothing could be farther from the truth. They are not trash-talking him—they are telling the cold, hard truth. Anyone who educates his or herself about the topic will see how true these things are about Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Read more: Jim Larkin | Angel.co and Michael Lacey | LinkedIn
Arpaio has been involved in a number of utterly tasteless situations where people have needlessly suffered through agonizing experiences. Some of these experiences include: not getting medication, being allowed to hurt other people when a person was known to be a danger to himself and other people, being beaten and being oddly restrained. There has been plenty corruption in the Maricopa County criminal justice system—courtesy of our friend, Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
For years, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey have been on Sheriff Arpaio’s business like flies on poop, publishing anything that they could find out about him. They have exposed a lot of stuff about him, including the things mentioned above. Arpaio did a variety of things starting from least severe to most severe to keep Jim and Michael quiet.
Initially, he started to bar them from attending and reporting on press conferences. Then, eventually, he handed them subpoenas to disclose every bit of information about themselves, everyone who worked for their publications and everyone who subscribed to their publications. The last big thing that Sheriff Arpaio did was arrest them.
Arpaio thought that he was going to shut up Jim and Michael, though the more he harassed them, the more they opened their mouths.
If Sheriff Arpaio could get away with it, would he have twisted the law around to do something worse to Jim and Michael? Well, with all of the foolishness and corruption that Arpaio is responsible for, it would not be a surprise if he was capable of doing worse things under the circumstance of being able to get away with more injustices.
The big thing that Sheriff Arpaio got into hot water for was the fact that he was detaining “potentially illegal aliens”–anyone who appeared to be Hispanic. The case Melendres v. Arpaio was about this situation. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427818/Michael_Lacey and https://about.me/michael-lacey
Arpaio kept doing it and doing it, despite the fact that he was told by the government to stop. His stubbornness and disobedience did not go under the radar—he was eventually held in criminal contempt. In 2017, the charges were dropped and he was pardoned by the president of the United States.