Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin began their careers in college, writing a school newspaper in order to provide a liberal contrast to the school’s conservative agenda. After they dropped out, they took a very similar business model with the Phoenix New Times. As most already know, Arizona is a very conservative state; the Phoenix New Times provided a liberal viewpoint while Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were running it.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin have left the Phoenix New Times, and the New Times just isn’t the same paper it used to be. Luckily for fans of Lacey and Larkin, they created a brand new publication: Front Page Confidential. With this paper, Lacey and Larkin have returned to their roots, reporting on political news, civil rights, and other serious topics.
They have also created a charitable fundraiser called The Frontera Fund. The Frontera Fund works closely with the community and dozens of charities. The Frontera Fund spends most of their time working to help the Hispanic community, but they also work with more wide-reaching charities like the ACLU. Read more: Village Voice Media | Wikipedia and Michael Lacey | Crunchbase
These two new organizations were made possible due to a settlement they received from Maricopa County and Joe Arpaio, the county’s sheriff. Joe Arpaio was well-known for his racial profiling, arresting people merely for the color of their skin, but he had never made such a bold attempt to silence the press until he arrested Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin.
The arrest didn’t stand. A judge ruled that Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin had the right to publish certain content in their paper, and Joe Arpaio had no reason to make the arrest. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were awarded $3.75 million due to the suffering they endured.
More About Joe Arpaio
Joe Arpaio was first elected to the position as Sheriff in 1992, and immediately began to change the way law enforcement worked in Maricopa County.
Arpaio created what he described as a concentration camp where prisoners were beaten, tortured, and even killed while in custody. This facility was called Tent City, and it was operational for nearly 2 decades.
The same year that Joe Arpaio arrest Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin he made an even bigger mistake: he arrested a Mexican tourist. Mr. Melendres, the tourist, was awarded 70 million dollars, and Joe Arpaio admitted that his reason for making the arrest was racial profiling. Learn more about Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin: http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/blogs/az-aclu-honors-new-times-founders-jim-larkin-and-mike-lacey-as-civil-libertarians-of-the-year-6500737 and http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/
After the courts had proof that Joe Arpaio was racist, a judge ordered him to cease the enforcement of United States immigration laws. Joe Arpaio was ordered to stop rounding up illegals, but he ignored this order. Joe Arpaio found himself in contempt of court.
Joe Arpaio’s legal battle finally culminated 10 years later. In the Summer of 2017 Joe Arpaio was finally convicted of criminal contempt of court. Joe Arpaio’s victims wouldn’t have long to celebration though. Donald Trump pardoned Joe Arpaio of all charges and allowed him to run for office again.