Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are only two of the hundreds, possible thousands of victims of former Sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona: Joe Arpaio. Lacey and Larkin are journalists who previously wrote for the Phoenix New Times, which they also owned. Michael Lacey, Jim Larkin, and their newspaper had been focusing their efforts on getting Joe Arpaio out of office for a very long time. Their journalistic efforts nearly got them in a lot of trouble, but ultimately caused a large settlement to be awarded to them. Learn more about Michael Lacey and Lacey: http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427427/Jim_Larkin and http://james-larkin.com/press/
The journalists and the many other victims, for just a brief moment, believed their troubles were behind them in July of 2017. Joe Arpaio was charged and convicted with criminal contempt of court. But, before victims could be awarded justice at sentencing, Donald Trump pardoned Joe Arpaio.
The move by Trump didn’t exactly come as a surprise. Joe Arpaio and Donald Trump have a very similar fan bases, and Donald Trump had suggested the possibility of pardoning Joe Arpaio already. As you can imagine, victims of Arpaio are livid. They expected justice but got none.
In response to the pardoning, Michael Lacey listed out the alleged crimes of Joe Arpaio: Running a concentration camp, racial profiling, torture, battery, and negligent homicide. The fact that Joe Arpaio was only convicted of contempt of court is a “failure of the justice system,” according to Michael Lacey.
So how did Joe Arpaio manage to remain Sheriff of Maricopa County for over two decades? By intimidating, smearing, and threatening his political opposition. Arpaio even abused his power in order to prosecute political rivals. In a recent interview conducted by the Phoenix New Times, Michael Lacey lists, in detail, the long list of crimes committed by Arpaio.
As previously mentioned, Lacey and Larkin were nearly sent to prison by Joe Arpaio but instead were awarded a near 4 million dollar settlement for the illegal arrest. Arpaio arrested them for publishing court documents in their paper, but the courts ruled that a citizen has the right to publish the content of a subpoena served to them. Arpaio believed he had successfully locked up two of his biggest critics but actually added fuel to their fire.
Using the cash from the settlement, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were able to create two new organizations. They created Front Page Confidential and The Frontera Fund. With the help of these two new organizations they are continuing their fight against Joe Arpaio.
The Frontera Fund is a charity working to correct the damage done by Arpaio, and Front Page Confidential is where they continue their journalistic efforts against him.