Rex Tillerson was right, said Michael Lacey. Apparently, he also said that Donald Trump is a Moron. The Phoenix New Times co-owner was referring to the recent pardon that that U.S. District Judge Susan R. Bolton handed down in favor of Joe Arpaio, the criminally convicted and former sheriff of Maricopa County. Lacey even said that this is a perfect marriage of two corrupt individuals, perhaps again referring to Trump and Bolton.
Lacey’s harsh words are coming from his and his partner’s (Jim Larkin) long history of squabbles with the former sheriff.
Larkin and Lacey were co-owners of the New Times, a local paper in Phoenix that run exposes of Arpaio’s shady activities that included beating of inmates, illegal diversion of jail funds, sex crimes even with children involved, and so forth, when he was still sheriff. Perhaps to stop the two from further ruining his reputation, Arpaio had the two incarcerated in two separate jails both under his supervision. Read more: Michael Lacey | Crunchbase and Jim Larkin | LinkedIn
The two were taken from their homes in the local area in the thick of the night, by Arpaio’s posse from the sheriff’s armed and dangerous Selective Enforcement Unit. But the former sheriff was forced to release the two in less than 24 hours because of the massive public outcry. The two charged Arpaio for illegal detention. And their long history of battle is still going on.
Arpaio was convicted of the charges of criminal contempt from another charge. The charge came about because of his disregard of a ruling from federal judge which stemmed from a racial profiling lawsuit in 2007. Arpaio is supposed to be sentenced just a few weeks before Bolton handed down her pardon.
Lacey was born and raised in Newark, N.J. but moved to Arizona to attend Arizona State University in the 1960s. He dropped out of college in 1970 at the time when he and some student friends started the first issue of Phoenix New Times. Reports say that their paper was a reaction to the way the local media covered and reported the campus anti-war protests at that time.
Lacey was joined by Jim Larkin at the New Times as one of its founder and co-owner. Lacey took up the executive editor functions, while Larkin served as the paper’s advertising man. New Times developed a reputation as a free but feisty publication. The paper explored various political and social issues of the day. It gained prominence along with the country’s burgeoning ranks of alternative newspapers.
Arpaio had Lacey and Larkin arrested on Oct. 18, 2007 for the expose’ that they had undertaken using the pages of the New Times against the former sheriff. The two charged that the grand jury subpoenas issued to them were an insult to the readers of the New Times and the constitution of the United States.
Apparently, the readers of the New Times, along with other sectors of the public protested the arrest and in less than one day, the two were released. The grand-jury inquiry was also squashed. An investigation was conducted after that and it was revealed that the warrants were issued by a prosecutor who bypassed certain legal safeguards, and were therefore considered counterfeits.
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