Joe Arpaio, the notorious former Sheriff of Maricopa County, isn’t just known for his harsh stance against immigration. He is known for creating harsh prison conditions, a racist agenda, and as being one of Donald Trump’s biggest supporters. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/jim-larkin/ and http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427427/Jim_Larkin
In fact, Trump repaid the favor last year when he pardoned Joe Arpaio of his crimes. Joe Arpaio had just been convicted of criminal contempt of court before Trump came to his save. Even today, many are called the pardoning of Joe Arpaio Trump’s biggest mistake. Joe Arpaio has abused his prisoners, racially profiled countless individuals, and attempted to silence the press, yet Donald Trump absolved him of any punishment.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are two of Joe Arpaio’s victims. Their newspaper, the Phoenix New Times, was targeted by Arpaio when it began to publish content that Arpaio wanted kept secret. Information such as the nondisclosure of assets and inmate abuse were published in the Phoenix New Times
Providing the citizens of Arizona with information eventually lead to Lacey and Larkin’s arrest. Joe Arpaio, instead of coming himself, sent a special task force to the newspapermen’s homes. They were pulled from their houses in the middle of the night and transported to local jails. They were arrested for revealing the details of a subpoena in their newspaper.
Joe Arpaio finally thought he had his two literary rivals;however, when a judge declared nothing illegal had happened they were released. Years later, in civil court, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were given 3.75 million dollars.
They decided to put the money towards noble causes, creating The Frontera Fund. It is an organization that centers its activities around educating people about immigration. Whether it be future immigrants, current aliens, or citizens of the United States, information is available at The Frontera Fund’s web page.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are no longer the owners of the Phoenix New Times or any of their previous newspapers. However, they have created a new publication with similar topics. It is called Front Page Confidential. Recently, the new newspaper has been running an ongoing series called First Amendment Today, which discusses various issues that plague the first amendment.