When Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio got revealed to the public by journalists Mike Lacey and Jim Larkin, he could not have anticipated the events to lead to a multi-million dollar settlement.
In 2007, this controversial Sheriff arrested both of these “Phoenix New Times” writers. They both had a long history of exposing Sheriff Arpaio’s endeavors, including their stories on anti-Mexican propaganda, financial issues, mismanagement problems, and many other derogatory events that the Sheriff took part in.
After Sheriff issued a grand jury subpoenas that pertained to confidential details of the writers, including their browsing histories and similar, both Lacey and Larking decided to publish this for the world to see. A repercussion they suffered was an unlawful arrest which happened on October 18th of that year.
Less than a day later, both writers were released from jail after the news has risen to a nation-wide fame. Charges against the two were dropped, although the consequences for the Sheriff were not over. Since his escalation utilized an illegal detention of two citizens, a court battle focused around the First Amendment ensued.
Five years later, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals made a verdict against the Sheriff, deeming his actions as a “direct assault on the Constitution”. Sheriff’s subpoena that started the entire controversy was also claimed invalid as it did not follow the proper protocol. The final result was a $3.7 million settlement that Lacey and Larking received.
The money that the writers received was put to a good use. They decided to form a fund, called “Frontera Fund”, which aims to fight for the rights of Hispanic community in Arizona. According to them, people of Mexican origin are mistreated in this state very often, and the ultimate goal of the fund is to provide some form of a relief.
Jim Larking, who is an Arizona-native believes that the issue is nowhere close to being solved. His coworker Lacey agrees, as they both observe that actions of Sheriff Joe Arpaio were not only aimed at Hispanic individuals, but also to those of brown skin. This type of behavior is what facilitated a public misunderstanding, and now people from Arizona and many other states are fearing anybody who comes from Mexico into the United States, according to the writers.
Ultimately, Lacey and Larking to fight for the rights of minorities, hoping to help them live a better life in a country where they might be perfectly legal citizens.
Larkin and Lacey fight for Civil and Migrant Rights
When Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey were subjugated to wrongful imprisonment by former Arizon Sheriff Joe Arpaio they were awarded a huge settlement of over 3.5 million dollars. The duo have remained partners in founding The Frontera Fund and Front Page Confidential with the restitution. By using their new found outlets, Larkin and Lacey intend to fight injustices like the one committed against them.
About Front Page Confidential
Front Page Confidential is a newspaper created by Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey. The intention of the newspaper is to alert the public about attempted violation of the first amendment. The newspaper does this by covering politics and controversies all over the world. The paper has been publishing material since August of 2017.
About The Frontera Fund
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin founded The Frontera Fund with a single objective: to undo the damage done by people like Joe Arpaio. The Frontera Fund raises awareness and participates in activities to provide better lives for the residents of Arizona. Primarily the group focuses on civil, human and migrant rights. The organization aims to inform its readers about important issues that concern them such as DACA and immigration laws. The Fund has also pledged to fight Joe Arpaio every inch of the way as he attempts to manipulate his way into the Senate.
By using the resources they have created for themselves, the duo intend to make, not just Arizona, but the entire world a much better place.