Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is untouchable, and that’s a fact that he’s well aware of. In October of last year, he walked away from a criminal conviction thanks to a presidential pardon by Donald Trump.

The pardon was validated mere weeks before Arpaio was due to be sentenced, and shows, quite handily, the corrupt alliance between Arpaio and Trump. The conviction originally followed Arpaio’s deliberate ignorance of a judge’s federal order after the Melendres v. Arpaio racial-profiling lawsuit.

After Decades of Skirting the Line, Arpaio Stands Impervious to the Law

Arpaio’s pardon was unsurprising to most, less so was the validation of that pardon by District Judge Susan R. Bolton. However, it still stung deeply to those who had spent countless days fighting his rampant corruption and his atrocities.

Two of these men were Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey, who, through their paper, the Phoenix New Times, relentlessly hunted down and exposed the atrocities of Arpaio, laying his sins bare for the world to see.

His atrocities range from uninhabitable concentration camps for inmates to an incident just over ten years ago, when he attempted to imprison Larkin and Lacey for their harsh criticisms. However, over the course of his 24-year reign and his countless crimes against migrants, Arpaio not only walks free but does so with the blessing of Donald Trump. Read more: Jim Larkin | Crunchbase and Jim Larkin |

To those who’ve been fighting against Arpaio, this pardon was their fears manifest. A confirmation that the infamous Sheriff Joe has put himself above the law, an enforcer of nothing but his own twisted will. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: and

But they also know exactly how he did it. Arpaio may be monstrously vicious and incredibly controversial, but he’s no idiot. Even Lacey reluctantly admits a deep respect for Arpaio’s political acumen.

A master of politics, it wouldn’t be unlikely for Arpaio to see his good fortunes ending in 2016, so he executed an exit strategy, endorsing Trump before anyone else thought he had any chance, and forging an alliance with the soon-to-be president.

While he failed in his attempt at a seventh term, he succeeded quite handily in gaining the president’s friendship, allowing him to simply walk away from his crimes.

Larkin and Lacey Continue Fighting for Migrants

Arpaio may have won the battle and maintained his freedom, but the war is far from over, and with the funds that Larkin and Lacey gained from their lawsuit against Arpaio following their illegal arrest, they may be in a position to continue the fight. The pair of journalists used the money from that lawsuit to found the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund.

The Frontera Fund is dedicated solely to protecting the rights of migrants by providing grants to migrant-rights organizations in Arizona. In addition to the Frontera Fund, Larkin and Lacey have leveraged their new online publication, Front Page Confidential, to report on blatant violations of human and migrant rights by the current administration, and threats to free speech.

So, while Arpaio may walk free, Larkin and Lacey won’t stop fighting until corrupt individuals like him and Trump are no longer in control.

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