In the Summer of 2017, Joe Arpaio was finally stuck with criminal charges. However, victims of Arpaio were forced to cease celebrations. President Donald Trump pardoned Joe Arpaio of his criminal contempt of court charges.
“Donald Trump is a moron,” Michael Lacey said, echoing the words of former Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson – the latest member of Trump’s Cabinet to be fired. “This is a perfect marriage of two corrupt individuals,” added Lacey.
The same year Arpaio illegally arrested a Mexican citizen, the action that lead to his criminal charges, he also arrested Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, the then-time owners of The Phoenix New Times. It has been nearly a decade; Arpaio’s worst year is now officially behind him.
What is most surprising about Arpaio’s history is that he hasn’t been convicted of more serious charges. Ever since he was first elected as Sheriff of Maricopa County, he has left behind a trail of corrupt behavior. Everything from torture and murder has been reportedly committed inside his jails.
As a result of their own illegal arrest, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin sued Maricopa County and Joe Arpaio. In 2013, the lawsuit was settled and the journalists were awarded $3.75 million.
Jim Larkin, during an interview with The Phoenix New Times claimed Arpaio arrested them because they were constantly a pain in Arpaio’s side. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://james-larkin.com/about/ and http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/michael-lacey/
Joe Arpaio may have put Lacey and Larkin in his past, but the journalists haven’t forgotten about what Joe Arpaio did to Arizona during his 20 year run as sheriff. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin have decided to put the settlement money to altruistic causes. The journalists have created both The Frontera Fund and Front Page Confidential.
A few good things did come out of the entire Arpaio-Lacey/Larkin ordeal. Without the settlement money, Lacey and Larkin would not have been able to enter the world of philanthropy. Through The Frontera Fund, Lacey and Larkin support dozens of good causes in Arizona.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin have previously worked with the ACLU and Aliento. The Frontera Fund’s coffers are used for a wide variety of causes but primarily focuses on Hispanics. On The Frontera Fund website, readers can find a wide array of information pertaining to DACA and other immigration laws.
The second organization created post-settlement was Front Page Confidential. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin’s newest effort in the publication industry is much more goal oriented than other papers. Read more: Phoenix New Times | Wikipedia and Michael Lacey | Twitter
Their unorthodox approach to journalism consists of only focusing on political action. The majority of content in Front Page Confidential is related to civil rights and migrant rights.