In 2007, while attempting to make a name for himself, former sheriff Joe Arpaio illegally arrested a Mexican citizen who was visiting the United States legitimately on a tourist visa.
This incident eventually led to Joe Arpaio being charged and convicted with criminal contempt of court. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/michael-lacey/ and http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427427/Jim_Larkin
Although Arpaio was convicted in a court of law, months before sentencing, Donald Trump offered Arpaio a Presidential pardon. Arpaio accepted.
Victims of Arpaio out absolutely livid. Joe Arpaio has been terrorizing Arizona for decades. His victims finally thought they would see justice served, but Donald Trump pardoned Arpaio of all his crimes. Two of Arpaio’s victims, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin recently spoke out about the travesty.
“Rex Tillerson was right, Donald Trump is a moron.” said Lacey in reference to Trump offering the pardon. Micheal Lacey believes the fact that Arpaio was only charged with criminal contempt of court is proof that the justice system is completely broken.
He was a terrible sheriff, a terrible jailer,” Larkin began. “But he was a great f—–g politician.” he said of Arpaio’s ability to be elected even though he was incredibly corrupt. “I think he was the precursor to Trump.”
Who are Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin?
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are the former co-owners of The Phoenix New Times and the current owners of Front Page Confidential. The duo are not only in the business of owning publications, they are also journalists themselves.
They began their careers together after dropping out of college post-success of their school newspaper. The duo had such great success with their school paper that they decided to try their luck in the real industry. Their gamble paid off. Read more: Phoenix New Times | Wikipedia and Michael Lacey | Facebook
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were just doing what good journalists do: exposing corrupt politicians and making sure they get voted out of office.
The Phoenix New Times discovered that Arpaio may have been hiding assets for tax evasion reasons and immediately published it in their paper. This instance, along with other articles exposing Joe Arpaio led to Arpaio sending his deputies to illegally arrest Lacey and Larkim.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin sued Maricopa County and Joe Arpaio for first amendment violations and went on to win 3.75 million dollars in restitutions.
The settlement, along with money from selling The Phoenix New Times, has enabled them to create Front Page Confidential and The Frontera Fund: a newspaper and a charity.
By utilizing these two new organizations Lacey and Larkin hope to correct the injustices committed by Joe Arpaio and other politicians like him.