Joe Arpaio Joins Lawyer Dennis Wilenchik on the Hook for 2007 Arrests of VVM Executive Editor and CEO


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In 2007, Lacey talks to fellow reporters after emerging from Arpaio's Fourth Avenue Jail

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Nighttime arrests of journalists. One-man grand juries. Secret, illegal subpoenas seeking confidential info on all online readers of a muckraking newspaper. Retaliation for criticism of those in high places.

If that sounds like some sub-tropical authoritarian regime, it's not. Rather, it was Arizona in 2007, when Village Voice Media Executive Editor Michael Lacey and VVM CEO Jim Larkin were hustled, handcuffed, into unmarked cars with Mexican plates, all for the "crime" of exposing the extra-constitutional misdeeds of a special prosecutor working on behalf of the Maricopa County Attorney's Office.

In June of last year, a three-judge panel of the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found that Phoenix attorney Dennis Wilenchik, the special prosecutor in question, could be sued for those false arrests of Phoenix New Times co-founders Lacey and Larkin and for violations of their First, Fourth and 14th Amendment rights under the U.S. Constitution.

Wilenchik's bosses, the men who empowered him to go after New Times, now-disbarred, disgraced ex-County Attorney Andrew Thomas and his political ally, Sheriff Joe Arpaio, were granted immunity. The former, total immunity. The latter, partial.

New Times appealed and won an en banc review by a larger panel of judges. That panel's decision, issued today, handed New Times a huge, if not total, win: Arpaio does not have qualified immunity in this case and can be sued for his actions against Lacey, Larkin, and this newspaper.

Lacey hailed that part of the Ninth Circuit's 72-page ruling.

"Only in Sheriff Joe Arpaio's jurisdiction do journalists get arrested in the middle of the night for what they write," he told me. "Only in Sheriff Joe's jurisdiction do poor Mexicans get swept up like cattle. But Joe Arpaio can not deport Larkin and Lacey. The Ninth Circuit said so."

(Read the opinion for yourself, here.)


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scott.huminski
scott.huminski

Makes one wonder why all these judicially created immunities exist that allow law enforcement (including prosecutors) to terrorize the public with knowledge that they are above the law.

 

Sure immunity doesn't apply to criminal charges, but, how often does law enforcement go after law enforcement, the good ol' boy fraternity kicks in.

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

I only hope this goes to trial and cameras are allowed. Hell, they could make it pay-per-view and I'd buy it.

Wonder if he'd break his "I don't know" record set during the Thomas/Alexander/Aubuchon  disbarment hearings?

robert_graham
robert_graham topcommenter

If this all took place in 2007, that was five years ago and most surely outside the statute of limitations.  Besides even if it is not, the PNT has no case against anybody.  This is just another political maneuver conjured out of desperation to target Arpaio again.  Keep up with all the bullshit as it just shows how desperate you are and that you will stop at nothing to discredit him.

robert_graham
robert_graham topcommenter

Phoenix New Times you ain't seen nothing yet.  There will be more arrests but this time it won't be done by Arpaio.  You seem to get your kicks by heckling Arpaio and others and publishing untrue things about them but when it comes time to face the music you cry like a fucking baby and claim your rights were violated.  HA!  Steven Lemons and all the others I AM TALKING ABOUT YOU!  Fact of the matter is, be careful from now on what you write because it surely will come back and bite you in the ass.  There's gonna be a lot of police activity at 1201 E. Jefferson Street soon and I hope I can be there when it all happens.

pearlsvaluables
pearlsvaluables

Sorry ass ArpaioFan doesn't like facts about his daddy. Don't see him on here blaming someone else for Joes decisions. it's clear AGAIN, he f'd up AGAIN.....put Joe in Tent CIty he's just as much a criminal as those there

Bnbk
Bnbk

 @shadeaux14

 Hell,I would fork out some dough to see that one too,but hopefully they will have a live stream of the Arpaio clown show. I'll bet he does break his "I don't recall" record.  I also wonder what kind of malady the clown shurf will be afflicted with this time

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

 @JoeArpaioFan 2007 was a reign of terror on the community and Maricopa County by now disbarred, disgraced ex-Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas and his chief "charging" then DCA Lisa Aubuchon (also disbarred and disgraced) joined-at-the-hip with Maricopa County Sheriff Arpaio and his henchmen.  It takes years to go through the justice system and they knew it and took advantage.

 

Read the book about the over 430 un-investigated sex crimes cases "IF THERE WERE ANY WITNESSES.." by Bill Louis. Truly disturbing. Makes one wonder why he hasn't been indicted along with Thomas. Anyone who would vote for Arpaio after reading this book, is truly sick themselves.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

 @JoeArpaioFan its not out of any statute of limitations you idiot, theyve been fighting it in court for 5 years. do you assume if you can drag a case out long enough, the charges expire? its no move to target arpaio...its the end result of arpaio targeting others. your one of the few hold outs still defending the flaccid failure, even his own party is making fun of him and condemning him for his failure to do his job.

interloper
interloper

 @JoeArpaioFan Do us a favor, please, go to law school or something before you start talking about "statute of limitations" and other stuff you don't really understand.  Hint: as long as a civil case is filed before the statute of limitations, if any exists, expires then it doesn't matter how long it takes for the case to wind it's way through the courts.

jon49417
jon49417

 @JoeArpaioFan you know you will be busy killing handcuffed prisoners down at 4th street.  if Lemons could be arrested AARPio would have done it long ago

narizona
narizona

Hey i'm wit .I've told you of the consequences  of sniffing arpaio's butt crack ......your hooked BAD ..You make threats ......you act tough .like your  pie faced hero ,you never make too much sense , yeah I know to you you make a lot of sense ,besides the point.......your  full of a whole lot of arpaio butt crack fumes, you should think of checking in to a detox center soon .....all in all your nothing more than a keyboard  warrior talking shit and NEVER being able to back it up ......behind the keyboard yeah your BAD ......next you are going to talk smack about well meet me here or be there ....you know what asshole you aint shit so just do everyone a favor and quit acting like your Mr BIG SHIT  ....my guess is you are still in training panties ..........go change fool and don't come back till you  are not dependant on jojo's butt crack!

dmarz15
dmarz15

 @JoeArpaioFan You are the only Mexican that defends this nut case! Weird!! And you stupidity Priceless!!

fuckedinarizona
fuckedinarizona

 @JoeArpaioFan

 Wow,you are one stupid son of a bitch. You must be Jan Brewer's anal baby. My 3 year old grandson has more smarts than you.

TruConserv
TruConserv

 @JoeArpaioFan JAF - you're becoming more and more unhinged with every posting.  Rather than ending up like another Arpaio fan, Ready, may I gently suggest you seek some help?

 

Maybe start with a family member, or a local community center counselor? There aren't many places, but there are some, where you can get free help.

 

I'm being very serious.

 

You have passion - and that's a good thing - you just need some help focusing it.

 

I'm not going to respond to any more of your posts, and I hope no one else will either.  You're unbalanced, and I don't want to contribute to any suffering you might cause to yourself or to others.

ptcgaz
ptcgaz

 @pearlsvaluables actually he is sorta like the fake preacher guy... talks a lot of shit and acts tough, but deep down inside he knows he's  a loser.

robert_graham
robert_graham topcommenter

 @pearlsvaluables Why would you want to lock up Arpaio for enforcing the law?  What is fucked up are people like you who have no disrespect for our laws.  I hope each and every one of those inmates in Tent City are miserable.

Tommy_Collins
Tommy_Collins

 @truthseekeraz  @JoeArpaioFan

 Correction, the book title is actually "If there were any VICTIMS" (not witnesses). I met Bill Louis recently and thanked him for his work and his willingness to make this information public. His presentation was compelling and very stressful. The depth of corruption with the MCSO shurf is beyond comprehension of most taxpayers.

robert_graham
robert_graham topcommenter

 @interloper No I don't know much about the law but I do know this:  the PNT has no case.  Probable cause did exist for the incident that took place.  Both Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin got what they deserved if in fact that really happened.  Of course they had reason to fabricate lies in order to make a name for themselves and get a payout.  Those two bozos deserved what they got because of what they wrote.  And let this be a warning to Steven Lemons for doing pretty much the same thing.  he is just begging for trouble because of what he writes. 

 

 

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967

TruConserv, JAF is disgraced, suspended former Deputy County Attorney Rachel Alexander's fiance. He can't help himself. He has 5 kids and he's unemployed (just like Rachel) so he feels the need to troll PNT to try and earn a little money to feed the kids.

 

His original source of income was Rachel's now-defunct bankruptcy law firm. Now that Rachel's just as broke as he is, he has to do something for work.

 

robert_graham
robert_graham topcommenter

 @TruConserv Me unbalanced? HA!  You better take a good look in the mirror and ask yourself just one thing: do you feel lucky punk?

Tommy_Collins
Tommy_Collins

 @ptcgaz  @pearlsvaluables

 Good analogy. Reminds me a lot of James and Tammy Baker from days gone by. The biggest difference is James washed and cut his hair on occasion. And, James didn't wear a plastic pistol tie tack..

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967

 @JoeArpaioFan

 

Do me a favor. Read Arizona Revised Statute 11-441 over azleg.gov and get back to me.

 

That statute lays out the roles and duties of the sheriff. You'll notice that the very first role the sheriff has is preservation of the peace.

 

The MCSO shurf ignored 400+ sex crimes against children. He allows his detention officers to beat, maim, kill and otherwise injure inmates. He routinely fails to get inmates to court on time.

 

How exactly is the Flaccid Fraud enforcing the law?

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

 @JoeArpaioFan  @pearlsvaluables Arpaio enforcing the law?? Read about the over 430 un-investigated sex crimes cases where he failed these innocent victims, destroyed lives by failing to do his job and simply swept them under the rug. 

 

Truth to power:  "IF THERE WERE ANY VICTIMS..." by Bill Louis.

 

Arpaio should be indicted and not be allowed to be on the ballot. 

pearlsvaluables
pearlsvaluables

By the way Dumb ass, You are RIGHT!!!!  I have no disrespect for our laws, Just lots of Disrespect for law men like Arpaio who are CROOKED like majority of them, but thats another issue...... I appreciate you recognizing that i do not DISRESPECT our laws......

pearlsvaluables
pearlsvaluables

You truely are very dumb. You obviously can NOT read. This ass wipe is in deeper shit for the shit he has done that COURTS have said is WRONG you fucking idiot! So lock the prick up for not living up to his oath to SERVE AND PROTECT, that fat lying piece of feses

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

 @TommyCollins  @Bnbk  @shadeaux14  There are all kinds of antibiotic-resistant bacteria evolving these days, Tommy. I wouldn't be surprised if there are also Kwell and Lysol resistant A-200 crotch critters that could survive and thrive after feasting on America's self-proclaimed toughest sheriff's flaccid uglies. It is a disgusting thought, I grant you - but not as hideous a possibility as french-kissing Jan Brewer with the lights on.

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

 @Tommy_Collins  @JoeArpaioFan Attended Bill Louis presentation last week. Every elected official, all the candidates, all the legislators, and voters should hear him or read his courageous book.  Who could possibly vote for such an incompetent sheriff who ignored hundreds of victims who will be scared for lives and then allow hundreds of violent predators to run free?  Arpaio is a disgrace to humanity.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967

 @ptcgaz  @danzigsdaddy  @JoeArpaioFan 

That's the smartest thing John McCain has ever done in his 30+ year political career is speaking out against the Flaccid Fucknut.

 

Now if he can speak to Attorney General Eric Holder to find out the status of the abuse of power case against the Old Fool, then he might be worth voting for.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967

 @JoeArpaioFan  My buddy just happens to be a Bar certified lawyer and he tells me that so long as a case is filed before the statute of limitations expires (time limits vary in different states. In Arizona the filing time is one year, according to Arizona Revised Statute 12-821.01) then it doesn't matter how long the case takes to wind its way through the courts.

 

You need to pull your firmly planted head out of the Old Fool's ass.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

 @JoeArpaioFan  why? is arpaio gonna do a late night false arrest abuse of power on him too? funny how you should think they dont have a case, the appeals court sure thought they had a clear cut one 

ptcgaz
ptcgaz

 @JoeArpaioFan  @fuckedinarizona dont think that is what his "handle" is referring too.

It's not about him being fucked up, it's about all the ones (like you) around him that are fucking AZ up.

TruConserv
TruConserv

 @MaskedMagician1967 I don't know about all that, but he clearly has some intellectual and emotional development issues.

 

At some point he's going to get tired of being so weak, so pathetic, so absolutely devoid of efficacy that he's going to pull a JT Ready.

 

To us, he's a joke, a guy who can't even master a concept as simple as the Statute of Limitations. Let's not egg him on, let's encourage him to get the help he needs. 

Cozz
Cozz

 @JoeArpaioFan  

 You wonldn't know the truth if it you in the face 15 times dumbshit.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

 @JoeArpaioFan  its only truth in your mind, you have no facts. we have supplied you with facts and resources  you cold check everything we say. its not our fault you are too stupid to check. our problem isnt with you so much as it is with your mother and father not springing the 50 cents for a condom that would have saved them the pain and shame of having to claim you as their son

robert_graham
robert_graham topcommenter

 @fuckedinarizona Got a problem with me asshole?  You just don't like the truth I tell every one of you. If you say that your grandson is smart you are sadly mistaken.  He's just about as dumb as you are.

fuckedinarizona
fuckedinarizona

 @JoeArpaioFan  

 You are nothing but a piece of dog shit. Alot of things can  happen to dog shit. It can be stepped on, dry up and blow away in the wind. So just beware where the dog shits you.

ptcgaz
ptcgaz

 @Tommy_Collins  @pearlsvaluables lol I wasn't thinking of them when I said that, but I do know what you mean. IT sorta works for any of those fake people that pretend to be something they aren't. The Joke after all isn't a real sheriff.

 

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