Depending on whether you are a glass half full or empty individual, the ultimate results and final farewell of a certain “famous” former Maricopa County Sheriff may or may not please you. This certain sheriff goes by the name of Joe Arpaio.
And at the heart of the matter, he no longer has the power and position that he held. But, there are several layers of complications compiled with good and bad news scenarios that make his story one of caution or justice, depending on where you choose to put your eyes.
The long and short of it is that he will not being seeing any jail time for being found guilty of criminal contempt. The twist is that his saving grace comes from president Donald Trump who issued him a pardon.
There is just a little bit of speculation as to the nature and timing of this pardon, as Arpaio’s vocal support of Trump’s view regarding subjects such as immigration are similar.
For some, the time he would have spent behind bars is the best end to a career that centered around injustice and blatant breaking of the law. For these critics of the former sheriff, it is not enough that he lost his law enforcement position in a fair election. Its span is more than 25 years and he was reelected half a dozen times.
But, things change. And, as members of a community come into their own to organize the voting voice changes as well. That may have been enough to change the behavior of most sheriffs, but Joe Arpaio likens himself be the America’s toughest. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/5-smart-ways-people-and-places-are-resisting-trumps-immigration-policies/
That is why before was voted out of office, a judge slapped him with an injunction that pretty much told him to halt the racial profiling measures his office used to practice.
The chances are that things could have went smoothly from there, but they did not. Because there is evidence on the books that makes it clear that his office did nothing as ordered under his direct command, he was ordered to do some time.
Normally, sentencing a man of his age to jail is not done, so there has to be a backstory or something that can explain how things came to this.
One good example of why others were not shy about wanting to slap cuffs on him could be the wrongful arrest of Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey. In their case, the record shows arrests made under the then sheriff’s Selective Enforcement Unit.
These arrest are known for being retribution for information released in publications associated with Larkin and Lacey.
The following legal battle results in a long losing fight that ends up in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The final word brings down a 3.7 million dollar hammer on Maricopa County.
In the spirit of truly serving the needs of the citizens Larkin and Lacey share the money with both their community and the nationals as well. This possible through the Frontera Fund.