When president Trump granted sheriff Joe Arpaio a presidential pardon, it was not lost on Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey the language that he used to justify the same. The president has used his usual simplistic approach when handling matters that at times he did not fully grasp.
The president simply stated that the sheriff deserved the pardon as he was being vilified for simply doing what he was elected to do. Such a simplistic view of what the sheriff had been found guilty of would set a terrible precedent for people who thought that they could spend all their years in positions of power misuse the power back the “right” presidential candidate and be granted pardons.
For those who know the sheriff nothing would be further from the truth as what the president was alleging. He had simply dismissed issues that Michael and Larkin had over the years investigated and published numerous articles about. Read more: Jim Larkin | Crunchbase and Michael Lacey | Crunchbase
His paper had also played host to articles from other independent investigative journalists such as John Dougherty who had focused on the real estate dealings of the sheriff.
The reporter had been able to capture some suspicious deals which the sheriff had been guilty of the sheriff had bought commercial property in Scottsdale and Fountain Hills for about seven hundred thousand dollars in cash among many others a fact that he wanted to remain hidden from the public.
This kind of articles were not taken kindly from by the sheriff and despite them being very objective and deserving an objective response the sheriff would choose to treat them as threats to his power and as thus sought to arrest and prosecute John Dougherty.
His desperation was so visible that he was willing to try and employ an obscure law to get his way. The law is one that prohibits a journalist from publishing the details of a law enforcement officer online which John had not in essence done as he had published an article focusing on the sheriff’s commercial properties and had published there general locations on print media which according to that law I not illegal.
This was just one example of how far the sheriff was willing to go for him to get his way. He had also instigated the arrest of Jim Larkin and Micheal lacey in August 2007 for the publishing of an article bearing the title “Breathtaking Abuse of the Constitution.” This article focused on various issues that the sheriff had engaged in and an especially attempt to abuse the first amendment rights of the duo.
By using an overreaching Subpoena, the sheriff has tried to stop Lacey and Larkin from discussing him and his department as well as the contents of the said subpoena. The sheriff had something to hide from the public if he would go to such extents preventing journalists from doing their jobs.
The sheriff had already barred all reporters from the Phoenix new Times from covering any of his media briefings. This was clearly personal for him.
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