Frontera Fund Founders Speak on Arpaio Pardon
The last thing any journalist wants is to be arrested for an article you’ve had published. Reporters and journalists work hard to ensure that their quotes are correct and they aren’t committing slander or libel.
Despite being as careful as any journalist can be, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin found themselves thrown behind bars by Jim Arpaio. It was through no fault of their own. Lacey and Larkin obeyed the law every step of the way, but they were still taken from their homes in October of 2007.
As co-owners of Phoenix New Times, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin had been having their staff investigate the Sheriff of Maricopa County, Joe Arpaio. The investigation continued for years until Joe Arpaio finally got tired of seeing his name in the headlines.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin published an article that revealed information inside of official court documents; Joe Arpaio sent his most skilled deputies to pull them from their homes.
A couple of journalist being unlawfully arrested was sure to make national headlines. The story was picked up by USA Today, The New York Times, and The Washington Post; once readers got their hands on the day’s publications, the outrage was so loud that the county was forced to release Lacey and Larkin from custody. The duo filed a lawsuit and eventually took home $3.75 million.
Lacey and Larkin have created The Frontera Fund as a way to provide relief to the other victims of Arpaio. Since the target of Arpaio’s corrupt actions were the Hispanic community, The Frontera Fund supports a large amount of Hispanic charities. Read more: Jim Larkin | Angel.co and Jim Larkin | LinkedIn
The victims of Arpaio finally were able to sit back and relax when they heard that Arpaio was being convicted of contempt of court.
Arpaio’s victims were still disgruntled that all he was being charged with was contempt of court, but at least he was being charged. President Donald Trump put their celebration on hold when he pardoned Joe Arpaio of all his charges.
“This is the perfect marriage of two corrupt individuals,” Michael Lacey said in response to the President’s actions.
Lacey then preceded to list of what seemed to be an endless amount of crimes committed by Arpaio: assault, negligent homicide, strange and unusual punishments, civil rights violations, constitutional violations.
“That’s a failure in the justice system,” said Lacey. [Arpaio’s charges] end up with contempt of court because he ignores a judge’s instruction, as opposed to being held accountable for the people who were killed. It’s a pretty stunning trail of evil.”
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