Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, despite their previous run-in with Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa, Arizona, are back in the journalism game. Their newspaper, Front Page Confidential, covers many of the same topics as their previous newspapers;however, now their journalism is intended for a wider audience.
When Lacey and Larkin owned the Phoenix New Times, they used it as an outlet to attack Joe Arpaio. Joe Arpaio was running the local Sheriff Department however he saw fit, often ignoring regular procedure and breaking the law. The Phoenix New Times were aware of this, and they never hesitated to expose his corrupt behavior for everyone to see. Learn more about Jim Larkin: http://frontpageconfidential.com/michael-lacey-jim-larkin-arpaio-frontera-fund-first-amendment/ and http://releasefact.com/2017/09/jim-larkin-and-michael-lacey-continue-fight-for-latino-rights-after-pardoning-of-joe-arpaio/
Joe Arpaio reacted negativity to his dirty laundry being aired of course. His first intimidation tactic was to write up a subpoena and deliver it to the Phoenix New Times. The court document ordered the journalists to reveal reader, subscriber, editor, and writer details. Joe Arpaio wanted the names of the people who worked for and supported Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin. When the duo refused to comply with the order, Joe Arpaio had them arrested.
It wasn’t long until Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin sold Village Voice Media and all of the newspapers associated with the company. They received a $3.75 million settlement from Maricopa County, due to the illegal arrest committed by Joe Arpaio. This is when they decided to create The Frontera Fund, an immigration centered charity.
The Frontera Fund was created because Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin shared an outlook with Hispanic citizens of Arizona. Like the Hispanics, they had been targeted, abused, and wrongfully imprisoned by Joe Arpaio. The Frontera Fund is their way of giving back to the community, attempting to right the wrongs committed by Joe Arpaio. Read more: Jim Larkin | Crunchbase and Michael Lacey | Crunchbase
As for Joe Arpaio, he was recently pardoned by Donald Trump. Arpaio was charged with criminal contempt of court for ignoring a judges’ order to cease immigration enforcement. The courts decided that Joe Arpaio was unfit to enforce such laws. In fact, Donald Trump and Joe Arpaio share similar harsh beliefs concerning immigration. This is why Donald Trump decided to pardon the unlawful former Sheriff.