Some of the harshest media criticism of Sheriff Joe Arpaio has come from the Phoenix New Times paper, and their allied web site. Today they reported:
The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors this afternoon voted unanimously to approve a $3.75 million settlement for New Times’ co-founders, whose false arrests in 2007 were orchestrated by Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were taken from their homes in the middle of the night and jailed on misdemeanor charges alleging that they violated the secrecy of a grand jury — which turned out never to have been convened.
The actual story that led to the lawsuit is as entertaining as it is bizarre as it is shocking. Who would have thought that a veteran law enforcement officer would stoop to filing blatantly-false charges against political opponents!
In a related story Don Stapley will receive $3.5 million for false arrest and prosecution. This is in addition to $5 million paid out previously for legal abuses in lawsuits between 2008 and 2010 on top of $43 million in settlements for prisoner death and injury lawsuits. That tops $55 million! Here are the details on the false arrest and prosecution cases:
|Lacey and Larkin||$3,750,000||$3,750,000|
- Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office controversies – Wikipedia