Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, two journalists, have a long history with former Sheriff of Maricopa County, Joe Arpaio. For years, as the co-owners of Village Voice Media and the Phoenix New Times, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin worked to expose Joe Arpaio to the citizens of Arizona. The investigative journalism conducted by the Phoenix New Times covered everything from hidden assets to an Arpaio ordered subpoena.
At the Phoenix New Times, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin helped inform Arizona about instances of abused of power, police brutality, illegal arrests, and more. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin themselves were victims of Joe Arpaio’s hobby of committing illegal arrests. In 2007, in the shadow of darkness, Arpaio’s deputies pulled Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin out of their homes after they published an article pertaining to the content of court documents. This is only one instance of Arpaio’s abuse of power. Learn more about Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin:
Criminal charges didn’t fall upon Arpaio after this atrocious incident, but Arpaio did eventually get his just desserts. In another illegal arrest conducted in 2007, using racial profiling techniques, Joe Arpaio detained a Mexican tourist.
After admitting to arresting him simply for the color of his skin, Arpaio was ordered by a judge to cease the enforcement of immigration laws. Arpaio’s refusal to follow orders lead him to criminal contempt of court charges. The legal process took years to complete and people were finally ready for its conclusion in the summer of 2017. Arpaio was convicted in July. Read more: Village Voice Media | Wikipedia and Michael Lacey | Facebook
In October of 2017, in an event that had been speculated on for weeks, Donald Trump pardoned Joe Arpaio.
“Donald Trump is a moron,” Michael Lacey said in response to the pardon. “His pardon of Joe Arpaio proves it.” Michael Lacey was echoing the sentiments that the former Secretary of State had for President Trump. Reports from October of 2017 say that Rex Tillerson called Trump a moron during a meeting at the Pentagon.
Michael Lacey went on to say that the pardoning is proof that the justice system is failing. “It ends up with contempt of court because he ignores a judge’s instruction, as opposed to being held accountable for the people who were [killed, tortured, and abused.]”
With the $3.75 million dollars they were awarded for their illegal arrest, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are continuing their fight versus Joe Arpaio. They are doing this with the help of their two newly founded organizations: Front Page Confidential and The Frontera Fund. Front Page Confidential is their newest publication. In its pages, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin continue to monitor Joe Arpaio’s actions.
The Frontera Fund is a charitable fundraiser that is working to provide a better well-being to the Hispanic community, individuals who were abused by Joe Arpaio for years.