Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were journalists for the Phoenix New Times, serving as team leaders and co-owners. The Phoenix New Times was Lacey and Larkin’s main publication at the time of their arrest.
Joe Arpaio was the one that frivolously arrested them. The arrest was frivolous mainly because no charges resulted from the arrest, but the arrest was also fueled by a personal vendetta against the Phoenix New Times.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin had been leading their paper in investigative efforts to reveal the misguided deeds of Joe Arpaio. Joe Arpaio didn’t like this of course. This is why he had Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin locked up.
Arpaio is known for his illegal arrests. He is most notorious for his involvement with a Mexican citizen in 2007. He had the individual arrested for no reason other than the country he was born in. Joe Arpaio was ultimately charged with contempt of court, but these charges were dropped after Donald Trump extended a helping hand in the form of a Presidential pardon. Read more: Jim Larkin | LinkedIn and Jim Larkin | Angel.co
It is no secret that Trump and Arpaio share a common fan base; they are both prominent figures in the Republican Party. Trump’s supporters also support tough on immigration policy, a policy which Joe Arpaio puts above all others.
A criminal suit was never filed against Arpaio for the arrest of the journalists; however, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin sued the county and were awarded almost four million dollars. This money has went to good use. Even though their arrest happened in 2007, it took six years for the litigation process to be completed. Now they are able to use that money to give back to their community.
The Frontera Fund was created shortly after the settlement. The Frontera Fund helps individuals protect their first amendment and other constitutional rights.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin had their first amendment violated by Joe Arpaio, so they can relate to the other Arpaio victims. This is why they are helping the Latinos in Arizona. The Frontera Fund donates money and time to charities like Aliento, charities that assist the Latino community.
Joe Arpaio is currently running for public office again. This time he is looking to hold a much higher position than Sheriff of Maricopa County. Arizona has an open Senate seat, and Arpaio is looking to fill the vacancy.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are also working to prevent Arpaio from winning a Senate seat.
The journalists are working overtime, both cleaning up the mess Joe Arpaio left behind and trying to prevent a bigger disaster.