Joe Arpaio is a former Sheriff with one of the most tainted reputation of his services. His leadership and service were corrupt with no knowledge of integrity or humanity. Joe inspired two individuals who loathed his method, but most of all believed in human rights and fairness.
Arpaio is a retired Sheriff who has been in Maricopa County for many years. He is a racist who was not even shy to attack a president. At one instance he questioned former president Obama’s citizenship.
Camps and prisons were overcrowded, and he did not care about them. Rumors have it that expecting mothers in these facilities gave birth while tied down to their beds. Due to lack of sufficient air, people suffocated and died. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: https://michael-lacey.com/press/ and http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427427/Jim_Larkin
After his last term was over, Arpaio was charged with several counts in court, but the president pardoned him. He may be free and retired, but his departure will never erase memories of experience Michael, and Jim had with him.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were journalists who got an experience that shaped their entire career. As these two journalists did their work on reporting, they got Arpaio’s attention. This Sheriff was not happy with them because they were exposing the evils of his administration.
In this instance, Arpaio organized for their arrest. He claimed that they had divulged confidential information of an ongoing investigation. Michael and Jim were arrested from their homes and taken to jail.
The journalists were finally released after investigations concluding they had no case to answer. The release was after 24 hours of the public demanding their release. This tassel ended with a lawsuit of an unlawful arrest.
The grand jury ruled in favor of Michael and Jim. Maricopa County was compelled to pay the two a total of $3.75 million as compensation.
Michael and Jim never used this money for personal gain. Instead, they donated it to a foundation they both established. The Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund has a mission of upholding civil rights, especially for the Latinos.
They have significantly suffered at the hands of Arpaio. Due to racism and corruption, Arpaio jailed Latin immigrants and kept them in deplorable jail conditions. Most of them died due to torture and poor living conditions. Read more: Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund and Michael Lacey | Crunchbase
The fund supports these immigrants and helps them to settle in the country. As journalists, Michael and Jim believe everyone should practice the First Amendment. People in power should not silence subjects because they do not like their opinions.
Arpaio fought hard to deprive people of their rights and freedoms. The fund is there to ensure that people, especially in Texas, will not suffer again.
Michael and Jim are no longer the journalists they were when they began. Today, their careers have taken a new path of activism and fighting for people’s rights.
This cause is noble, and the society appreciates it. Though the birth of their current direction was from a negative motivation, the end justifies the means. They are both happy to be a part of a good cause in life.
Journalist Partners Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin
Two College dropouts happened to cross paths and made an enormous impact on today’s Journalism. Michael Lacey from New Jersey went to Arizona State University and dropped out of the University. He later met Jim Larkin out of the same university, who was also a college drop out. Together they started their career with their first article with the “Phoenix Times.” The article was concerning the on campus protest against war. From that moment on, Lacey and Larkin transformed into “New Times” and in 1983 brought together 17 nation wide papers.
On October 18, 2007, they were both arrested in Arizona by Sherriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopo County for publishing in the “Phoenix New Times” that subpoenas were targeted at writers, and editors, insulting the U.S. Constitution and readers. Charges were dropped 24 hours later due to the uprising of the public. Due to the articles published by Lacey and Larkin there was an investigation uncovering counterfeit subpoenas issued by a prosecutor seeking revenge. The county intern paid the substantial amount of $3.75 million dollars for their wrongful arrest.
Lacey and Larkin are the founders of their newest launch site “The Front Page Confidential.” Inside these editions is found “The First Amendment” which covers freedom of speech in the news, commentaries and any historical events. After their arrest in 2007, they launched “The Frontera Fund” which covers articles concerning human rights. It also touches base on immigration and latest news as well. Over the course of decades Lacey and Larkin have received many honors in journalism, and they have also won the Pulitzer Prize award for their achievements. Still to this day they have articles ongoing nationwide but the main ones are the launch sites “Frontera Fund” and “Front Page Confidential.”